Top plants for summer color
Moisture-conserving thick, typically furry or hairy leaves are lance-shaped. Pretty planted with lavender and red hot poker (Kniphofia ‘Bressingham Comet’).
Plants reach 1-to 2 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Pretty beside asters.
Because water is a precious resource, using it respectfully in the garden is a tradition. Something lavish would have been out of character in this drought-tolerant landscape.
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.
Swing seating under an oak is inviting on warm days.