Category Archives: Drought Tolerant Perennials

You CAN Have an English Cottage Garden

My article first appeared on the Sonoma County Master Gardener website a few years ago. It’s still relevant today as we enter our fourth year of drought here in Northern California. It’s a long article, but if you love English … Continue reading

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Roundabout Gardens Slow Us

Roundabouts–so much nicer than “traffic circle.” People either love ’em or hate ’em! I’m one of the former, especially after driving 2000 miles around New Zealand and becoming quite accustomed to their roundabouts’ efficiency and safety. People say, “They’re ugly.” … Continue reading

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A Gardening Ooops

Anyone can over-plant–by accident or design. In downsizing from a rural six acres to a town one-third acre, I forgot to think small(er) in the garden. After all, we had already taken 13 pickup truckloads’ of yard trimmings and debris … Continue reading

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Daffodil Obsession

I admit it. I love daffodils! What’s not to love? They begin blooming here in Northern California in late January; they punctuate an otherwise drab winter palette with masses of bright yellows and oranges; they thrive reliably year after year … Continue reading

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Rosemary Blue

I love the blue, but rosemary is so much more than just an appealing color. It’a a fragrance and a texture, too, and it’s been in full bloom for more than a month, the early daffodils for about 2-3 weeks. … Continue reading

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Love That Purple!

What IS that purple flower? Many have inquired after seeing it on my website (www.sandybakerwriter.com).  It’s Verbena rigida, a traveling, drought tolerant, long-blooming perennial. I call it the short cousin of Verbena bonariensis. If you like the look of it … Continue reading

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