Patty Roess, a Retail Manager at Tree of Life Nursery and Plant Society, talks about creating a native plants garden that rejuvenates the mind, body and soul as well as provides community healing. Such gardens are similar to the Japanese gardens because it provides a serene and calming environment. Creating the perfect garden depends on landscape design, plant selection, installation, maintenance, and landscaping ideas.
A labyrinth can be created within an aromatic garden, providing a meditative walkway to calm and refocus one’s energy. Fountains, rocks, stone hedges and gravel can be added to further decorate this pathway.
In California, native plants tend to use less water as well as require less work. It can last a long time, without fertilizer or synthetic pesticide. There will be less pollution in the waterway. A wildlife habitat can be created in this garden, comprised of such plants as irises, monkeyflower, monkeyflower hybrids, California fuchsia, as well as bush monkeyflower, monkeyflower hybrids, heuchera hybrids, coyote mint, Cleveland sage, western sycamore, native sage, and milkweed. Bush monkeyflower attracts hummingbirds because it is a yellow-colored, tubular flower, and these hummingbirds will create a habitat on this flower. Hummingbirds tend to build their nests on a western sycamore. Coyote mint look like masses of small flowers, which tends to attract butterflies. Since bees are attracted to flowers, add some flowers in your vegetable garden in order to attract these bees. Milkweed will attract monarch butterflies, while native sage will attract all butterflies. Lizards might also be seen roaming in these gardens. To further decorate a wildlife habitat, it needs some water features, such as fountains and birdbath.
She ends the seminar with a quote, “Life begins the day you plant a garden.”
For more information, visit www.californianativeplants.com.