May 16, 2019 Three years ago my friend Cat Jones (check out her IG and blog) and her husband, Derrick, newly empty nesters, sold their house and Cat’s lovely garden and moved to a different home in their Steiner Ranch neighborhood, not to downsize but — fellow gardeners, can you relate? — to upsize their lot.
A canyon view in the backyard, perfect for summer sunset-watching, sold them on the house. Out front, Cat has been steadily turning the standard lawn with foundation shrubs into a beautiful pollinator garden with a low-profile evergreen backbone.
Cat is not afraid to take risks, like this Berkeley sedge and silver ponyfoot meadow in a sunny spot by the front door. She punctuates the green-and-silver combo with a rusty basin she’s turned into a tiny pond, complete with water lily and floating steel balls. With chocolate-spotted, fleshy leaves, a flowering ‘Macho Mocha’ mangave is the perfect companion.
Detail of the ‘Macho Mocha’ mangave flower spike
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