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Landscape Design, Low Water Plants

Landscape Rebate Garden Featuring Lavender, San Jose, CA


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Landscape Rebate Garden San Jose CA Lavender Dymondia Apricots Germander

This garden design by L. A. Peluso Designs, located in the neighborhood of Willow Glen, San Jose, qualified for a landscape rebate from the Santa Clara Valley Water District. The homeowners, originally from the south of France, wanted to feature lavender in a big way, to evoke their memory of a favorite villa. As a result, this low-water design called for six different lavenders allowing for extended bloom time and subtle color variety:  Lavandula x intermedia ‘Grappenhall,’ Lavandula x intermedia ‘Provence,” Lavandula x intermedia ‘Super,’ Lavandula x intermedia ‘Grosso,’ Lavandula angustifolia ‘Munstead,’ and Lavandula angustifolia ‘Blue Cushion.’

Landscape Rebate Garden San Jose CA Dry Creek and Lavender Apricot Germander Gaillardia

Gaillardia grandiflora ‘Goblin,’ also known commonly as Blanket Flower, adds a complementary pop of hot color. Autumn Royal apricot is visible in the upper left corner of the photo.

Landscape Rebate Garden San Jose CA Lavender Dymondia Apricots Low Water Landscape

Autumn Royal and Blenheim apricot trees provide a bounty of fruit for an extended period of time, and surprisingly, still qualified as low-water plants for purposes of the landscape water rebate! (You can have your rebate, and eat it, too!–Sorry, we couldn’t resist). Shown here in the background on the right is the Blenheim apricot. Dymondia margaretae fills in between flagstones.

Landscape Rebate Garden San Jose CA Lavender Creeping Thyme Wooly Thyme Low Water Landscape

Thyme begins to fill in as groundcover (Creeping Thyme and Woolly Thyme).

Landscape Rebate Garden San Jose CA Lavender

Landscape Rebate Garden San Jose CA Lavender Dymondia Apricots Germander Blanket Flower Creepting Thyme

And….voila! 🙂

California Native Plants, Landscape Design, Native Gardens

Park-Like Garden Setting


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This California native plant garden located in Menlo Park, California, and designed by L. A. Peluso Designs, has turned into a peaceful, park-like setting and features many favorites, such as Sunset Manzanita, Deer Grass, Salvia clevelandii, and Stickey Monkey.

Flagstone Path Meanders Through California Native Plant Garden, Menlo Park, CA
Flagstone Path Meanders Through California Native Plant Garden, Menlo Park, CA
California Native Plant Garden, Menlo Park CA
California Native Plant Garden, Menlo Park CA
Closeup of California Native Plant Muhlenbergia rigens Commonly Known as Deer Grass
Closeup of California Native Plant Muhlenbergia rigens, commonly known as Deer Grass
California Natives Salvia, Deer Grass, Salvia clevelandii, Mimulus aurantiacus, Sunset Manzanita, Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman' Surround Bird Bath
California Natives Salvia, Deer Grass, Salvia clevelandii, Mimulus aurantiacus, Sunset Manzanita, Ceanothus ‘Ray Hartman’ surround bird bath
Sunset Manzanita and Deer Grass, Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman' Standard Tree Form
Sunset Manzanita, Deer Grass, Ceanothus ‘Ray Hartman’ Standard Tree Form
Landscape Design, Low Water Plants, Modern, Naturalistic Gardens

Lush and Low Water Modern Garden Design Hanchett Park


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Lush and Low Water Modern Garden Path Hanchett Park San Jose CA Dymondia Groundcover Olive Tree Lomandra longifolia 'Breeze'

This front garden was designed for a historical home located on a palm-lined street in the quaint neighborhood of Hanchett Park in San Jose, California. The fabulously flexible clients reduced their old lawn for a much smaller, low-water native sod lawn, and added low-water groundcovers, such as Ground Morning Glory (Convolvulus mauritanicus) and Silver Carpet (Dymondia margaretae), in addition to a water-wise no-fruiting olive tree as a focal point. The color palette selected leaned toward silver/blue/white to repeat the house colors.  The energetic homeowners did an amazing job installing this garden themselves, with the help of the owner’s brother.

Plant selections included in this garden are Lavandula intermedia ‘Provence,’ Lavandula stoechas ‘Otto Quast,’ Rosa floribunda ‘Iceberg,’ and Salvia clevelandii ‘Alan Chickering,’ Achillea millefolium, Carex divulsa, and Cycas revoluta (Sago Palm).

An unusual selection unfortunately not pictured close up, but much beloved by the lady of the house, is Aristea inaequalis which is both lovely and tough, and available through Annie’s Annuals & Perennials.  Lomandra longifolia ‘Breeze’ and many of the other plants found in this garden were ordered for the client through Capitol Wholesale Nursery.

Lush and Low Water Modern Garden Path Hanchett Park San Jose CA Ground Morning Glory Fan Aloe Carex Divulsa Yarrow

Lush and Low Water Garden Hanchett Park San Jose CA Dymondia Groundcover Ground Morning Glory Sago Palm Yucca 'Color Guard' Carex divulsa Lomandra longifolia 'Breeze' Silver Brocade Artemisia