The Dry Garden: Look to the Sonoran

Posted on | August 25, 2009 | No Comments

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Baja fairy duster. Photo: Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times

THE CLASSIC trees of California are big. Redwoods. Monterey pines. Valley oaks. So for those of us who live in cities but want a California native garden, where’s the giant sequoia supposed to fit? My vote would be to tear down the house, but San Juan Capistrano nurseryman Mike Evans has a different idea. The man who for two decades has been a pillar of the native gardening community thinks that many Southern Californian homes with small gardens can be better off with exotic trees. Evans, co-founder of the Tree of Life Nursery, is increasingly pointing his customers toward the leguminous trees of Mexico, Arizona and Texas … To continue reading the latest from the Los Angeles Times Dry Garden column, click here.

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