by Charlene Burgi
I recently needed to dress up a patio that is exposed to the hot afternoon sun. The plants would be in containers placed on hardscape and subjected to reflected heat. Color was required to catch the eye of beholders. The conditions were less than favorable for the health and welfare of most plants.
Drawing on my resources, I thought of yarrow or Achillea millefolium. These plants can take abuse. They are native plants that attract butterflies, come in assorted colors and use little water. I chose glazed pottery with saucers and the outcome was dazzling. I managed to achieve the “look” by accenting yarrow’s fern-like foliage with colorful zonal geraniums and a splash of white alyssum. All of these plants are tough, require the same amount of water and will attract beneficial insects that also will enjoy the patio garden feature.
Join Us July 22
Celebrate Smart Irrigation Month by attending a FREE Water Wise Workshop on July 22 at Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto in Mill Valley, between 5:00 and 9:00 p.m. Listen to short talks, participate in hands-on demonstrations and pick up excellent information. This event is brought to you by The Urban Farmer Store, Marin Master Gardeners, SPAWN, California Native Plant Society and Marin Municipal Water District. Stop by and say hello!