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Dramatic in scale and distinct in form, the broad leaves of palms and thick spiny spikes of succulents that typify the

Santa Barbara landscape

are the ever-present staples that lend the region an identity and its prototypical design language.
Mexican Bush Sage | Santa Barbara Gardens

At the human scale, homeowners look to smaller materials such as sub shrubs and perennials to bring texture, color, and interest to their gardens.  Complementing larger tropicals in times of drought, however, can be difficult.  Many prolific bloomers and other delicate plants cannot stand up to all-day sun exposure and dry conditions, leaving few options for giving one’s landscape that personal touch.

Mexican sage (Salvia leucantha), is a great way to add softer textures, long lasting color, and interest at the smaller scale.  Its compact size and tolerance to drought, as well, makes it a suitable addition to most any garden.  Low and mounded and reaching just 3’ tall and wide, the plant works exceptionally well in the garden border or as a soft backdrop to accent plants.

Lavender Spikes | Gardeners Santa Barbara

Upright lavender spikes bring color to the

garden throughout the warm seasons,

its peak bloom time occurring the spring and fall.  Hairy white stems support narrow, lacy leaves that are delicate and bring interest even when the plant is not in full bloom.

By |2017-06-16T02:41:35+00:00August 22nd, 2016|Gardener Services, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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I grew up right here in Santa Barbara, graduating from Dos Pueblos High School in 2007. I went on to join the United States Marine Corps and, after completing a tour in Afghanistan and receiving an honorable discharge, I continued my education at Santa Barbara City College. With 15 years of experience in landscape maintenance, I combined my passion for the land with my business acumen and founded SB Evolution Landscape.

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