I have completely neglected this blog about my chaparral garden for a very, very long time, but my garden is awesome and doing well.
I’ve actually lost track how long it’s been since I swapped out the thirsty lawn and put it in. I’m thinking it’s been about 9 years ago and since then I’ve certainly learned a great deal about what plants to use and which ones didn’t work in my space.
And I have made quite a few changes to it over the years, too.
I removed a number of plants because initially there were too many of them, a common “rookie” mistake when you are setting out to create a drought tolerant and native plant garden.
I know have a gorgeous Desert Museum Palo Verde next to the rocky, “dry” streambed and I can always count on lots of California poppies coming back each year and as a matter of fact, there are zillions of seedlings in it now.
So, I was ahead of the curve for converting my lawn to a drought tolerant landscape and due to the on going drought here in S. CA, a lot of people made changes too but some were taken advantage of my unscrupulous people that merely removed their lawn and threw in some plants that eventually would die.
But that’s another post
However, there is still time to put in some “natives”.
In S. CA check out the Theodore Payne Foundation in Sylmar for help and ideas.