The new lush, leafy, low water look of the foothills is authentic to Sierra Madre. Here is how to get it at home:
Going low water doesn’t mean looking all dried up. Gravel and cacti are no more natural to Sierra Madre than Kentucky Blue Grass! Work with a palette of native plants that genuinely enjoy our distinctive climate for an optimally sustainable garden.
Throw Off Conformity
Lawns are the school uniforms of landscaping. California native IdealMow® lawn grasses vary in color, length, and texture, allowing greater creativity and diversification.
Plant Power Players
While there will always be a place in the foothills for roses, camellias and birds of paradise – it’s time to make room for a few new power players. Look to the Nifty Nine to save water while also retaining slopes, mitigating fire, or supporting wildlife. Group those with similar water needds for the greatest impact.
Hide Your Crazy
Pop-up sprinklers have always been unsightly; now they are just plain rude. Save your neighbors from getting splashed on their walk by delivering water right to the roots of your foliage where it can have the greatest impact.
Lose the Stiff Upper Lip
We have the freedom to move about our landscapes more naturally than those in snow-prone areas. Opt for permeable patio, drive and walk materials over concrete to protect slopes, replenish our groundwater, and preserve stormwater infrastructure.
Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!
Exposed dirt loses its luster and cracks, and gravel compacts soil and amplifies heat. In lawn-free planning areas, cover soil with a healthy layer of bark chips. Mulch is the landscaping equivalent of a great lotion!
Take It to the Street
Dropping your creativity at the sidewalk is a thing of the past. Take your enthusiasm for Sierra Madre’s new look all the way to the curb!