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Vitis californica - Roger's Red California Grape

riparian woodlands

Riparian woodlands follow permanent water courses. You can create a beautiful riparian feature in the garden by adding a waterfall to an existing water source. On this steep slope, moisture-loving perennials that accompany year round water include the umbrella-like leaves of Indian Rhubarb (Darmera peltata) and the lacy leaves of Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina). Redwood/Riparian […]


Meadow or grassland gardens are at home on gradual to flat areas with deep soils. Most foothill meadows are summer dormant and feature a variety of turf-forming and bunchgrasses that form the framework for the garden. Perennial and annual wildflowers are often incorporated. Grassland Meadow Replaces a Traditional Lawn Principles of succession were used in […]


Although California is noted for its parched, dry summer landscapes, water has surprising presence. Because we overuse water for development, industry, and agriculture, however, many of our natural water resources are nearly exhausted or greatly diminished. California once had vast wetlands – expansive sloughs and freshwater marshes. Wetland’s specialized plants Marshes – shallow freshwater wetlands […]