How to make your garden bloom

The West's best flowers for borders, beds, bouquets, and containers

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Low-water shimmer
Thomas J. Story

Low-water shimmer

Shimmer Fine-textured plants such as grasses reflect the sun brilliantly. Because they are used extensively in this garden, the whole landscape seems to dance with light.

Summer blondness The garden acknowledges that blond is the natural color of summer in California. The tawny flower plumes of Calamagrostis x acutiflora (feather reed grass) match the amber hues of the hills.

Drought-tolerant plants Most of the plants in the Strombergs’ garden are moderate water users, even the shrub roses.

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