You may not think it, but South Africa, Central Chile and South West Australia, have one thing in common with California. They all have a summer-dry climate where such exotic flowers such as the Chilean perennial, Alstromeria, South African shrub, Leucospermum, and Photinia can be grown beside each other quite easily, as though they were related.
Summer-dry gardens can be beautiful. The art and science of gardening is learning which plant prosper in garden settings. Many plants are meant for summer-dry climates and don’t need lots of water, though careful irrigation improves their beauty.
I do water my own California garden in summer; and so does every farm and every garden – all summer. It simply doesn’t rain. The irrigation water has to come from somewhere, other than a faucet.
The best garden plants are those that will accept some summer water to be a bit more fulsome, blending into an aesthetic that finds beauty in summer-dry climates.
Miscanthus sinensis grass, Lavender, Lavatera and Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ in drought tolerant garden border
Chilean perennial, Alstromeria, in California wildflower garden
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