Salvia sonomensis and Arctostaphylos glauca – Berkeley, California

 

Salvia sonomensis and Arctostaphylos glauca

Salvia sonomensis on wall, berkeley, CA

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  1. Ground cover salvias? Most interesting! At the moment the issue of ground covers is a big one on Serendipity Farm. Our topsoil has turned to dusty silt as another hard summer hits home. We are going to have to face up to the fact that Tasmania isn’t the wet place we would have been led to believe it was and it’s time to shore up the soil for hard dry summers and using ground covers (whilst planting trees) is the best way to do this. I am looking into perennial food sources that double as hardy drought tolerant flowering specimens like dahlias, canna lilies and day lilies at the moment. I want to intersperce our existing agapanthus with hardy kniphofia and start planting out large tracts of salvia, lavendar, rosemary, Jerusalem and Chinese artichokes and basically cover as much bare soil as possible with beneficial plants. We planted out lots of native brachychiton’s this year and they are actually thriving in this hot dry weather. I think its a matter of sourcing plants that love your local conditions (at least initially while your creating parameters to work within) and letting them take up the slack so that nature doesn’t cram your space full of weeds ;). Cheers for this excellent share Spencer. Are these salvia fast growing? They complement that gorgeous trunk on the Arctostaphylos glauca beautifully creating a nice cool root run for it to grow happily. You gotta love nature and her wisdom (till she fills your soil with forget-me-nots and spear thistles that is…THEN she is pushing it! 😉 )

    1. Yeah, its fairly fast growing, and very drought tolerant. It also shoots up lavender / purplish flower spikes. A great groundcover native to Sonoma County just north of where I live. Has a nice, distinctive salvia aroma too.

  2. Truthfully, at first I didn’t know what I was looking at, then I noticed the plants surrounded on that quite interesting tree.. don’t they have beautiful lavender flowers when bloomed? really pretty. :)

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