How to design a fire-resistant garden
This San Diego yard is verdant––and resists wildfires. Follow its lessons for creating your own gorgeous, fire-smart landscape
Great news: Your gardening goals don't have to change in high-risk fire areas, just the means by which you plan to reach them.
Before this landscape was reimagined, a thick blanket of worn-out junipers covered the slopes; their resinous foliage is potentially dangerous in a firestorm.
Click ahead for fire-wise tips on what to plant, where to plant it, and how to keep all your garden's charm minus the wildfire threat.
Dotting the poolside landscape, pictured here, are nearly black aeoniums around a tall tree aloe, plus agaves, and a floss silk tree (Ceiba speciosa)—whose trunk is studded with water-storing prickles.