With our temperate climate the phrase "winter garden" is less of an oxymoron in southern California than in might be in other places. This week's Los Angeles Times Home & Garden section takes a look at prepping your outdoor space for colder weather with a decided emphasis on small gardens. This year's watchwords in gardening? Drought-tolerant, edible and textural.
The Urban Meadow: for small budget-conscious gardens: Unlike many gardens, where each planting has its neatly definitely space, the gardens created by landscape designer Sean Knibb imitates the lush layering found in nature, mixing grass, succulents, flowers, herbs, even edibles, to create drought-sensitive spaces that recall the English countryside and its gardens.
James Duell's tiny garden makes a big statement: Think you have to give up your gardening dreams because your "plot of land" is the size of a postage stamp? You'll change your mind after checking out James Duell's Culver City garden, whose small footprint belies its giant impact. That it's low water is an added bonus.
The dry garden: exotic trees that sip water: Although many of us would prefer to stay native in our garden plantings sometimes looking towards Mexico, Arizona, Texas, even further afield, isn't such a bad thing, especially when the desire is for a small tree that demands little water. Here are some you might consider.