Something is always at its best in these demonstration gardens
In a Mediterranean climate like Southern Californiaâs, there is no reason why gardens shouldnât look interesting every month of the year, says Robert Abe, co-owner of Seaside Gardens nursery in Carpinteria. To prove it, Abe dedicated nearly 2 acres of land at the nursery to demonstration gardens; he planned the gardens so that no matter when you visit the nurseryâeven in the heat of Augustâsomething will be at its best. âIn late summer, the giant Egyptian lotus pond in the Asian garden (shown here) is the star attraction,âÂ he says. âNo one can resist a closer look at those magnificent leaves.â
The demonstration area also shows visitors what the plants look like at maturity and provides ideas for plant combinations. âAnd, of course, we hope youâll fall in love with something you canât leave without,âÂ Abe says with a smile. Seaside Gardens is open daily (3700 Via Real, Carpinteria; 805/684-6001).