Thursday, December 31, 2015

Heading Higher Into 2016

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This Cedrus deodora 'Pendula' looked a little too droopy this past week.  Tucked in an out of the way part of the garden, it was hidden from view.

That needed to change.  Luckily, there is a massive stand of timber bamboo a few feet from the Cedrus.  Where some people see bamboo, other people see stakes!

The bamboo was nice enough to donate stalks to use as tripods for the Cedrus branches.  Thanks to a friend, the Cedrus branches arch up and out. 

It already looks like it will have a spectacular 2016!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Maple Glade in Monte Rio, CA

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The variety of landscapes in Sonoma County is staggering.  It is easy to travel from Tuscany to Seattle on the roads that crisscross the county.

A recent visit to Monte Rio, reminded us of a scene from the Pacific Northwest.  Towering Douglas Firs shade western sword ferns and native huckleberry.  One resident thinned the canopy of Douglas Fir to provide light for a grove of young Japanese Maples.  Bright Coral Bark Maples, deep red Emperor Maples, and soft Lace Leaf Maples simultaneously contrast and enhance the native foliage.

In a few years, it could look like Japan.  Or, with a group pruning effort from Studio Wildwood and the homeowners, it could look like Sonoma.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Mediterranean Garden

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Fall planting is in full swing!  This time Studio Wildwood redesigned a Redwood City front lawn.

Out is the 90/10 tall fescue blend.  In are English Lavender, Collingwood Ingram Rosemary, Amazing Red Flax,  Karl Foerster Grasses, and Russian Sage.

There but not visible [yet] are Dutch Master and Fortissimo Daffodils for Spring.  And for summer, Gladiator Alliums [6" purple flowers] will jazz things up.

Can you see the Grace Smokebush in the background?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Raised Rock Bed Planter

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A Mill Valley, CA home had an empty 15' long raised planter beneath it's front stairs.

Wildwood's inspiration for the planting scheme comes from a similar size planter at One Embarcadero in downtown San Francisco.  The planter combines succulents, grasses, perennials, and palms.

The newly planted Mill Valley bed has all that minus the palms.  With names like 'Black Knight', 'Citronelle', 'Pork n Beans', 'Coral Wave', 'Orange Vanilla Popsicle', 'Zwartkop', and 'Seascape', the plants have promise!

By spring, the oranges, yellows, and purple-black tones should be in full force!