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09-Casita Manzanita

Casita Manzanita

Saturday | April 13 | 10 AM–5 PM

Private Residence
Design & Care: Jay Shields (Resident)
Garden Size: 1,600 sq. ft., front/back
Started: 1995

About the Garden

Twenty-nine years later, we are still experimenting with small space habitat preservation. The coastal/island-based front garden mixes sages, buckwheats, coral bells, penstemons, and multicolored globe mallows, all under the canopy of a mature bigberry manzanita. A permeable path along a ceanothus and Santa Cruz ironwood screen leads to the renovated back garden. The millstone and manzanita remain migratory bird favorites, and the seasonal bulb meadow of wild onions, triplet lilies and blue dicks has been expanded this year with several hundred self-propagated mariposa lilies. Adjacent, more ironwoods provide backdrop for a new penstemon.

Notable Plants

San Gabriel Beardtongue

Bigberry Manzanita (Arctostaphylos glauca)
Catalina Mariposa Lily (Calochortus catalinae)
Plummer’s Mariposa Lily (Calochortus plummerae)
Butterfly Mariposa Lily (Calochortus venustus)
San Gabriel Beardtongue (Penstemon labrosus)