Thank you so much for all the kind comments about my front garden. My back garden consists of the pool/patio area and what used to be called the rose garden. The rose garden is on the other side of the fireplace in a safe little corner where the deer have never trodden.
If you read my first post, My California Garden in Spring Part One, we left off where the herb garden looks out onto the pool. Here is the other side looking back with Beau posing.
Our pool is ancient. We are thankful it is still “kicking” barely. We (meaning Steve) recently had to replace the back stucco fence because it was rotting. It doesn’t look “real pretty” yet because it is a wider area and needs some “zhusing”, so no photos of that today!
The house is to the left of where Beau is standing. When I took this pic my pots were not at their best but this will give you the lay of the land at least.
This area is connected by gravel paths to the side garden and the herb/messy garden.
This is a shot that the wonderful John Granen (staged by Bonnie Broten) took a few years ago for Tuscan Home of the fireplace at the other end of the pool.
There is a path to the right of the fireplace that leads to the back garden that used to be mostly roses. The other side of the fireplace has a fountain.
The yellow rose is the David Austin Molyneux, one of my favorites. Golden Celebration (also David Austin) is in the foreground.
Here is the view from the fireplace entering the back garden to the right. This was earlier when the Wisteria was in bloom.
Now the nameless climbing rose is about to bloom out. The Iceberg standard is over 20 years old. We are gradually having to replace them one by one. Russian sage and Nepeta at the base.
Eden (a Romantica) never disappoints. It blooms graciously all season.
On the left in the area that has the fireplace fountain, there was this view right after the Spring rains. The climbing rose is the great old rose Reve D’ Or.
This is what that area looks like now. The lavender and Russian Sage are in full bloom. The red rose is The Prince (David Austin). It only looks pretty in the early spring before there are too much sun and heat. Later in the season, it is pathetic looking. I adore the color so I keep him. I think he might do better in semi-shade. Maybe one day I will move him!
The pepper tree to the right was a volunteer. My husband chose to keep it…bad idea…
Another favorite Buff Beauty blooms in front of the gate that goes to the pasture. It is really old. I planted a young one in front last year in case I lose him!
Down the path is another small fountain that is constantly running out of water. It is surrounded by daylilies and germander. On the fence behind is the antique Madame Alfred Carriere rose.
Here is a favorite shot of Beau when strolling up the walk when he was just a few years old.
That concludes my garden tour. Many have asked if I have any special advice. If you want perfect roses that bloom continually (but requires more work) Pat Welch’s Rose Pro system is the absolute best. You can buy her book Pat Welch’s Southern California Organic Gardening on Amazon. I highly recommend this book if you live in California for sound gardening advice in general. I do not follow the rose pro program religiously anymore because I don’t have the energy and I depend on a gardener to help me. I only loosely follow the system. It really works, but I am trying to simplify the workload.
The plants that are the backbone of this area of my garden (my entire garden for that matter) are nepeta faasseni (catmint), russian sage (petrovskia), daylilies, and lavender hetrophylla. I only grow roses that have thrived in my garden on drip without additional water. Some years (this one for instance) it is prettier than usual due to sufficient rainfall. This year the russian sage is beautiful. Some years not so much.
What thrives in your garden? I would love to hear about your favorite plants.