top: it seems all the flowers on this sloping meadow lean in to admire Verbascum olympicum, Hillsborough.

above: pink Oenothera and lavender Nepeta soften a collection of succulents, Ashbury Heights.

below: a friendly rivalry between clusters of purple verbena and trumpets of orange-red epilobium waken a late summer sidewalk bed, Duboce Triangle.



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April 2017
Spring is here... We sure had a drenching this Winter, and now with the days extending and the temperatures climbing, plant life is turned up all the way to 11 for now. Still, it's important to watch our resource usage.

Would you like to explore a more natural approach to garden design, one that values plants not as yard decorations, but as food for bees, butterflies, birds and the soul? Would you like your garden to reflect and harmonize with this unique part of the world?

If so, you've come to the right place.

My goal is to artfully bring Nature into your garden, in a way that respects the Earth in general, and the Bay Area specifically.
I welcome you to sit in front of a large computer screen and wander about the Garden Together site for some inspiration.

news...   I visited local treasure Western Hills in February, and you can see photos here ... Garden Together's new section seeds has a growing list of the gardens I visited last August, including  Sissinghurst and Great Dixter ... in the same section you can also find  California Cottage, the first of my essays on gardening (below are two visual examples of the essay). 
 


 

'California Cottage' incorporates a palette of drought tolerant plants, mixing compatible annuals, various California natives, succulents, grasses and select perennials. above: bold horizontal leaves of helianthus quietly anchor this airy July mix of scabiosa and verbena, Duboce Triangle. below: this Napa yard unfolds in abundant layers as the seasons progress. This photo was taken in June of 2015. (photo credit: Jeff Herwatt)


Nature continues to hand us bold reminders that we are stewards of this planet; that our actions have an impact. What kind of impact we make stems from the sum of our choices. Keep choosing well, and allow me to offer my suggestions.

Dean Ouellette   415-820-1623   garden_together@hotmail.com