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GREAT SPACE The right mix of ingredients makes for a stunning backyard setting BY JENNY ARBIZU


ooking to redesign your backyard? Or have you purchased a new home in need of some landscaping?

pergolas. Aitken likes customers to consider “also having some water elements as simple as a fountain, and fire elements like a fireplace or a firepit.” According to landscape designer Charlene Brum of South Valley-based Brum Landscape Designs, having a hardscape plan is an important step in creating a landscape plan. “Hardscape is decking, patios, walkways—anything that’s permanently hard with any surface that can be stone or concrete,” says Brum. While landscape architects and

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Home improvement shows may confuse homeowners as to the key elements in designing yards, but local sources have helped refine these for anyone looking to create a great outdoor space. According to Karen Aitken, the first step in landscaping is creating a basic design structure for the desired yard.

“I ask people what they want to see in their garden,” says the Gilroy-based landscape architect. In backyards, for instance, Aitken says homeowners should consider the big concepts they’d like to see (or already have in place)— such as pools, cabanas, spas or outdoor kitchens. “It’s just a question of how they put those ingredients together into an interesting composition,” she adds. Some of the more popular requests Aitken receives are for outdoor kitchens and/or outdoor covered spaces, cabanas or


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other ground coverings, and often can attract wildlife like racoons and opossums that like to hide underneath. Aitken says faux deck planks, in lieu of real decking, are becoming a better alternative. Once hardscaping and style are decided on, clients need to consider environmental factors. Children, cats, dogs, livestock and wildlife all will determine the types of plants put into the landscape. “There are some poisonous plants,” says Brum. “We try to stay away from anything highly poisonous. If your cat or dog chews on a lot of grasses, oleander isn’t really great.” For dogs that like to dig, dog pits allow dogs to expend some energy. Brum recommends using larger stones for larger dogs “so it’s not kicking out 10 to 50 pebbles; it’s ➝8 just kicking out one or two.”

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In addition to domestic animals, any wildlife in the area should be considered. “There are certain water features you may not want to have if you’re in an area where mountain lions come by,” Brum says. And just as California’s seismic activity affects hardscape design, California’s drought issues have affected landscape design, where many communities have required drought-resistant plants. “Water conservation is on everyone’s mind,” says Aitken. “I don’t have requests for large expanses of lawn, and using synthetic turf is becoming more popular now. The ornamental grasses and the very architectural looking plants are what’s popular now; that and succulents, of course.” The final touches in your backyard can be found in the ambience created in the patio area. Steel and aluminum pergolas

are being used more, says Aitken, and interesting shade roof covers that create shadow patterns on the ground are now popular. And outdoor televisions are also becoming mainstream. “And everybody seems to want a fire pit or a fire table, especially with built in seating,” adds Aitken. These are things any designer will be happy to do—just make sure you’ve gone down the checklist first. Karen Aitken has been a landscape architect for 35 years. Karen Aitken & Associates-Landscape Architecture and Design is located in Gilroy and can be reached at 408.842.0245. Charlene Brum has been a certified landscape designer for over 15 years. Brum Design is located in San Martin and can be reached at 408.685.8630.

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Join local chocolate maker Tish O’Dwyer for a “Presentation on Chocolate: From Pod to Perfection” at the Gilroy Library. Hear about O’Dwyer’s experience taking organic cacao beans from small fermentation plantations to the creation of a chocolate bar at this presentation, co-sponsored by the Gilroy AAUW. O’Dwyer will also share her process of creating complex chocolates using sugar and cacao beans and provide samples. Saturday, Mar. 16, 2-4pm at Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth St. Visit sccl.org.



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MOONLIGHT WALK Create a lasting memory at the Second Annual Moonlight Walk on the De Anza Trail. Enjoy the magical atmosphere of the golden hour, when the moon rises at 6:43pm and the sun sets at 7:17pm, the perfect timing for a fun family-friendly adventure before bedtime. Bring water, wear warm layers and be sure to register in advance. Tuesday, Mar. 19, 5:30-8:30pm, at Juan Bautista De Anza Historic Trailhead, Old Stagecoach Road. For registration, information and detailed directions, visit reachsanbenito.org.

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Open your heart for spring to come while focusing on shoulder and back health at the Equinox Three-Hour Yoga Workshop. Participants will experience a nice flow, focusing on the Anusara principles of alignment. All levels are welcome; bring a yoga mat, water and comfortable clothes to move in. Saturday, Mar. 16, 1-4pm at the Healing Space, 503 Vineyard Town Center. For more information and to sign up, visit doloreskentyoga.com.

Have a hilarious St. Patrick’s Day at Aroma Cellars’ Comedy Show. Enjoy the stand-up comedy of Jeff Applebaum and Mickey Joseph and delicious food and drink that will be available at the show. Sunday, Mar. 17, 7-10pm at Aroma Cellars, 650 San Benito St. Doors open at 6:30pm; purchase advance tickets for $20 or tickets at the door for $25. Visit aromacellars.com.



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f you’re thinking of creating an outdoor addition, a hardscape feature may be just what you’re looking for. “Hardscaping is anything that’s nonorganic: bricks, pavers, outdoor barbecue islands, retaining walls,” Nor Cal Landscape CEO Tom Wilder said, adding that fountains, fire pits and trellises are also considered hardscape features. Cindy Larkin, senior designer at Alyson Flynn and Associates Landscape Architecture, says the first step in creating an outdoor space is coming up with the design for that space to avoid under- or overestimating the size of the hardscaping needed. “I always tell my clients the plan is just a wonderful roadmap,”

Larkin said. “The tinier the yard, the more you need help, because that’s where every little foot is just vital.” According to Wilder, quite often the design plan is a necessary requirement. “You need a design a lot of times for your (home owner association) approval,” Wider said, adding he’s seen a rise in the use of hardscaping over the last 10 years. Dave Domenichini, owner of D. R. Domenichini Construction, agrees with Wilder and has noticed the current trend is the addition of outdoor kitchens and living areas. “People are loving the idea of bringing the indoors outside; this includes barbecue islands, seating walls and fire pits,” Domenichini said.

“Pavers are really popular right now,” Wilder said, adding they’re less expensive than tile, travertine or flagstone. When it comes to budget, a variety of options are available for homeowners. “You can do your whole backyard for $10,000,” Wilder said. “If you add a kitchen, you double it. Hardscape costs more than softscape, but it lasts forever.” Contractors and designers agree that the optimal creation should incorporate both hard- and softscape features. “The hardscape will provide a useful, clean and efficient area, and the softscape will add color, beauty and life,” Domenichini said. “I would have to say the majority of clients want a good balance,” Larkin said. Wilder stresses the importance of making sure a contractor is licensed. “Don’t even talk to anyone if they’re not licensed by the state of California. It’s a law, so technically you have a criminal in your backyard if they don’t have a contractor’s license,” Wilder said. “It’s illegal to do any job in the state of California over $500 unless you have a contractor’s license.” The Department of Consumer affairs Contractors State License Board website at http://www.cslb. ca.gov offers a complete report on licensed contractors by simply entering their license number in the license check feature. That number should be available on the contractor’s business card, and all documentation provided to clients, including the estimate and the contract. The feature verifies the contractor is licensed and provides an up-to-date report including any complaints that may have been filed. For more information, contact Nor Cal Landscape at www.norcallandscape.com, Alyson Flynn and Associates at alysonflynndesign.com or D. R. Domenichini Construction at drdcon.com.

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Find and identify as many species as possible at the Coyote Valley 2019 Bioblitz, where scientists, families, students, teachers and other community members will work together to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi and other organisms that live there. Docents will guide participants and teach them to use the iNaturalist app on smartphones or tablets to record all of the living things they encounter. Heavy rain will cancel. Sunday, Mar. 17, 9-11am at Coyote Valley Visitor Center at Anderson Lake, 19245 Malaguerra Ave, Morgan Hill. For information and to register, visit tinyurl. com/y4s8u6cp.


HOLLISTER BOOK SALE Find literary treasures and support a great cause at the Friends of the San Benito

County Free Library’s monthly book sale. The Friends are a nonprofit organization made up of volunteers working to promote the welfare and growth of the library,

enrich the library’s resources and more. Book sales are held the second Saturday of each month; all sales support library programs. Saturday, Mar. 9, 10am-noon at 470 Fifth St. Visit sbcfriends.org.

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA KNITTING GROUP Knitting may lower blood pressure, counter depression and slow the onset of dementia, among other health benefits. Everyone is invited to the San Juan Bautista City Library Knitting Group to knit or crochet along with new and old friends. Participants can bring a project

to work on or take advantage of the drop-in pattern that will be available. Saturday, Mar. 9, 10:30am-12:30pm at San Juan Bautista City Library, 801 Second St. For more information, call Rochelle 831.623.4687.

SANTA CLARA VALLEY SPRING PASSPORT Join the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley for an exciting month of wine tasting along the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail during Spring Passport 2019. Throughout the month of March meet the talented winemakers and enjoy complimentary wine tasting,


Don’t miss the Hollister Exchange Club’s 31st annual Old-Fashioned Crab Crack and Dance, featuring the music of Sake Bombs. Enjoy dinner, live music, a full bar, a raffle and a silent auction. There is a $15 per bottle corkage fee for wine brought in to the event, and wine must be marked at the door. Saturday, March 16, 5:30-10pm at the Bolado Park Pavilion, 9000 Airline Highway, Tres Pinos. For tickets and more information, visit hollistercrabcrack.com.

other surprises and special perks at the tasting rooms of more than 30 wineries along the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail. Enjoy Spring Passport 2019 through Mar. 31. For individual winery hours, days of operation, tickets and a list of partnering restaurants, visit santaclarawines.com.


MORGAN HILL WILDFLOWER HIKE The 2019 Wildflower Season is here, and Open Space Authority is presenting four free Coyote Ridge Docent-Led Wildflower Hikes to welcome it. This strenuous 7.5-mile hike gains 900 feet in elevation to the top of the ridge, where hikers will enjoy

Enjoy Bach to Blues 2019, the annual Gavilan College faculty concert with special guests. This fundraising concert showcases regional talent with performing artists including Maria Amirkhanian, Dahveed Behroozi, Alberto Marques, Nate Pruitt, Sam Sotelo, the winner of the Marian Filice Youth Piano Competition, Gavilan Performance Ensemble and guest artists. All proceeds benefit the Gavilan College Music Program. Saturday, March 16, 7pm at the Gavilan College Theater, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd, Gilroy. For more information, visit gavilan.edu/bachtoblues.

breathtaking views, stunning wildflowers and native wildlife. Bring at least one hiking pole, plenty of water, snacks or lunch, a hat that ties down and sturdy hiking shoes that provide ankle support. Due to a steep, 2-mile hill climb children under 12 will not be allowed on this hike. Saturday, Mar. 9 and Sunday, Mar. 10, 9am-2pm daily at Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve. Spaces are limited, registration is required and directions will be provided upon registration. Visit openspaceauthority.org. DUELING PIANOS Enjoy an evening of fast, funny and unforgettable entertainment with Dueling Pianos International.

Experience two sharp-witted, incredibly talented musicians with two grand pianos playing music including classic rock, country, hard rock, Top 40 and more. Attendees will also enjoy dinner by the live+love+leal culinary team. Don’t miss this unique evening Saturday, Mar. 9, 6–10pm at Granada Theatre, 17440 Monterey St. For tickets and more information, visit liveloveleal.com. AUTHOR VISIT Join Nashville recording artist and best-selling author Robert Hunter for a night of original acoustic music and storytelling at BookSmart. Enjoy free admission to this live performance and meet the author, who will be signing copies ➝ 17

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CHOCOLATE PRESENTATION Join local chocolate maker Tish O’Dwyer for a “Presentation on Chocolate: From Pod to Perfection” at the Gilroy Library. Hear about O’Dwyer’s experience taking organic cacao beans from small fermentation plantations to the creation of a

chocolate bar at this presentation, co-sponsored by the Gilroy AAUW. O’Dwyer will also share her process for creating complex chocolates using sugar and cacao beans and provide samples. Saturday, Mar. 16, 2-4pm at Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth St. Visit sccl.org.



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15 sessions every Wednesday, 10–11am or 11am–noon, and Bilingual Storytime is presented every Monday, 3–4pm at San Benito Free Library, 470 Fifth St, Hollister. Admission is free. For more information, call 831.636.4107.

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Join the San Benito County Arts Council’s 2019 Open Studios Kick Off Party and enjoy a sneak peek of artwork from all 48 artists on this year’s Open Studios Art Tour. Guests will have the opportunity to view artwork, enjoy food and drinks and celebrate this year’s group of talented, dynamic artists at this free event. Friday, Mar. 22, 6:30-8:30pm at ARTspace Annex, 217 Fifth St, Hollister. For more information, visit sanbenitoarts.org.

of roller derby is necessary; participants will learn everything they need, including how to stand up without falling. Full protective gear is mandatory. Monday, Mar. 11, 6-8pm at Bolado Park, 9000 Airline Highway, Tres Pinos. For more information, visit tinyurl. com/y7krm6rk.


LIBRARY STORYTIME Children from infants to 8-year-olds and their caregivers are invited to Storytime at the Library. Guests will enjoy listening to stories, singing songs, learning rhymes and doing other fun activities. Storytime at the Library is presented in English at two

DERBY BOOTCAMP Anyone over age 18 who has thought about joining the fast-paced sport of roller derby is invited to Roller Derby Boot Camp with the Faultline Derby Devilz. No skating experience or knowledge

TRIVIA NIGHT Join Vertigo Coffee Roasters each Thursday for weekly Trivia Night hosted by Quizmaster Miguel Silva. Teams must be limited to six people, and prizes will be awarded for first and second place. Also enjoy $1 off all draft beer. Thursday, Mar. 14, 6:30-8:30pm at Vertigo Coffee Roasters, 81 Fourth St, San Juan Bautista. For more information, visit vertigocoffee.com. BACH TO BLUES Enjoy regional talent at Bach to Blues 2018, the annual Gavilan College faculty concert with special guests. This fundraising concert showcases regional talent with performing artists including the winner of the Marian Filice Youth Piano Competition, Gavilan Performance Ensemble and guest artists. Don’t miss this year’s guest performers, Super Soul Brothers. All proceeds benefit the Gavilan College Music Program. Bach to Blues 2018 will be held Saturday, March 16, 7pm at The Gavilan College Theater, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd, Gilroy. For more information, visit gavilan.edu/bachtoblues. COMEDY SHOW Have a hilarious St. Patrick’s Day at Aroma Cellars’ Comedy Show.

TOUCHING COMEDY Enjoy Limelight Actors Theater’s winter comedy, The Velocity of Autumn. Watch as 80-year-old artist Alexandra barricades herself in her home with Molotov cocktails while in a showdown over where she’ll spend her remaining years, and is surprised by her estranged son who returns after 20 years. Guests are invited to bring their own dinner and wine to performances. The Velocity of Autumn runs through Saturday, Mar. 23 at Limelight Actors Theater, 7341 Monterey St, Gilroy. For information, showtimes and tickets, visit limelightactorstheater.com. RACE REGISTRATION Join the 36th annual WIldflower Run, featuring something for everyone including a 10K USATF Certified Run, 5K runs and walks and 2K kids’ and seniors’ events with all proceeds providing funding for education and equity for women and girls. Enjoy extras including goodie bags and a complimentary Jamba Juice smoothie. The 36th annual AAUW-MH Wildflower Run will be held Sunday, March 31 at Live Oak High School, 1505 E Main Ave, Morgan Hill. For more information, Runner Guide and registration visit wildflowerrun.org. BRIDGE LESSONS Sharpen bridge playing skills at Intermediate Bridge Lessons in Gilroy. Six instructional sessions feature lecture, pre-dealt practice hands and handouts. Thursdays through Apr. 4, 2:30-4pm at the Gilroy Senior Center, 7871 Hanna St, Gilroy. To register, call accredited bridge instructor Patty Stone, 408.981.1043 or 408.846.2952, or email patty. stone@charter.net.

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of his new novel, Relapse: A Love Story. Guests will also receive a free copy of Hunter’s latest album, Revival, with each Relapse book purchase. Sunday, Mar. 10, 7-8:30pm at BookSmart of Morgan Hill, 421 Vineyard Town Center. For more information, visit mybooksmart.indielite.org.

AZTEC DANCING All ages are invited to join Calpulli Itzpapalotl Danza Azteca, a local arts group promoting, educating and inspiring individuals through preHispanic dances and indigenous culture, at the Artspace Annex. This event is free, open to all and presented by San Benito County Arts Council. Beginners are welcomed to come to circle and experience danza Wednesday, Mar. 13, 7:30-8:30pm at ARTspace Annex, 217 Fifth St, Hollister. Visit sanbenitoarts.org.

Enjoy the stand-up comedy of Jeff Applebaum and Mickey Joseph and enjoy delicious food and drink that will be available at the show. Sunday, Mar. 17, 7-10pm at Aroma Cellars, 650 San Benito St, Hollister. Doors open at 6:30pm; purchase advance tickets for $20 or tickets at the door for $25. Visit aromacellars.com.


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Rooted in the Area

DROUGHT RESISTANT Succulents are popular with gardeners with an eye toward water conservation.

Native plants are in it for the long haul By JENNY ARBIZU


environment here in Northern California, and that is what we grow,” she says. Because their plants have withstood different climates, Huston says customers have been successful in keeping them thriving. “If your plant is going to die, we’re going to kill it first,” she laughs. Huston also advises customers to consider how much sunlight a plant is going to get in different areas of the house. “You’re going to use different plants on the west side of your house vs. the east side of your house because of the full sun,” she says. She also suggests grouping plants by their water requirements, and

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nyone considering landscaping for the first time may seek an array of colorful flowers or plants to complete their yard. But there are a number of other factors to consider before placing those roots into the ground. For instance, looking for plants that are native to the environment is key to ensuring longevity. Marci Huston, owner of The Garden Mart in Hollister, prefers to use the term “acclimated” when referring to native plants. “We like to use plants that are acclimated or adapted to our specific

avoiding starting your garden during seasons with extreme weather. “The best time to plant your landscape is in the fall because your plants will sit there in the winter and then explode in the spring,” she says. She also has noticed many people plant during warm spring or hot summer months, when it’s nice for folks to be outside. “Your plants will just totally stress, since it’s too hot.” Greg Dilorinzo, account manager at Alpine Landscapes—a commercial landscape agency in Gilroy—says when people consider planting natives, they should do their research as to what soils to place them in and amount of water they should receive. A native plant, Dilorinzo says, “has been grown in its native habitat without any artificial irrigation. So you’re then putting a native plant that’s designed to grow on its own without interruption into an artificial environment that’s been manmade. So people have the expectation to plant these plants and for them to survive, and then what happens is that they’re overwatered, planted or backfilled with a non-native soil, and they just end up not surviving or not doing well.” For the California climate, Dilorinzo recommends using drought- and heat-tolerant plants. “You want to go for something that is going to thrive as opposed to have to survive,” he says. He also recommends introducing plants that are native to Northern California’s latitude. “If you go across the whole entire globe on the latitude line that you are at, and you find plants that are growing on that latitude, they can technically survive anywhere on the planet on that latitude, for the most part.”



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FINE DINING Outdoor kitchens are a reflection of a home’s interior.

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Backyard kitchens as home extensions




o two families are the same. Enter any home and find this to be true. The same can be said of backyards and outdoor kitchens. “It becomes an outdoor living space for families,” says Amador Banuelos, licensed contractor and owner of Red Roots Masonry, Inc. in San Martin. “It’s an extension of their home, basically.” Banuelos says asking personal questions about family lifestyles helps determine the types of kitchens he’ll create. For instance, for a family that loved to cook everything

but meat, he and his team built a pizza oven and a wok for frying vegetables. “Another job we did was an all-meat-eating family. They had a big island where you could sit at least 20 people. There were double burners, a rotisserie grill and a warming drawer. So it depends on how they live their lives.” Landscape designer Charlene Brum of Brum Designs says the direction in which the home is facing is also important to take into consideration, since the direction of the wind and setting sun will affect outdoor experiences. “Most people barbecue in the

afternoon and evening. If you are doing a barbecue and a bar, will the sun be in your face? And do you have an arbor that’s covering that?” Brum posits. Norma Mead, head of the nursery department at Hollister Ace Hardware, says many people like to use shade cloths for their outdoor kitchen coverings. “But at the same time, it’s not waterproof, so if you want to use your kitchen during the wintertime you’d have to have a permanent cover,” she says. Mead says some people will then opt for a lanai, creating the effect of a veranda above their kitchens. Banuelos, who has been in business for over 20 years, says he likes to use sandstones, tiles and granite in his work, and steers away from using slate or denser stones (“They have a lot of iron in them, and iron tends to bleach out so it becomes a maintenance issue,” he says). The cost to build an outdoor kitchen can range anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000, according to Banuelos, with the minimum including a sink, plumbing, electrical and a granite top. “The smallest one you’ll get will be about 12 feet in length,” he says. And because of the steep investment customers put into outdoor kitchens, Banuelos strongly suggests taking care in maintaining them (high-end granites, for instance, should be treated at least twice a year). “Treat it as your house,” he recommends. “Take care of it, because it’s going to be part of your family for the rest of your stay. Then you can pass it onto your children, too.” Contact Red Roots Masonry, Inc. at 408.683.4556 for more information. Hollister Ace Hardware is located at 1725 Airline Hwy. Call 831.634.1590 for more information. Brum Design is located in San Martin. Call 408.685.8630 for more information.


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Decked Out Get ready for fun in the sun at home By KIMBERLY EWERTZ

O MARCH 15, 2019

nce the rains have ended, it’s time to look forward to spending lazy days in the sun on your new deck or patio. Here is a list of recommended contractors who can help make that your dream outdoor space a reality.


Aidan Construction, 408-5960987, aidanconstruction.com KN Construction, 408-437-1369, houzz.com/pro/knconstruct/ kn-construction-inc J. Perretti Builders, 650-368-6807, jperrettidecks.com

Cal Preserving, Inc., 650-966-9663,calpreserving.com Brian O’Neill Construction, 650-9336860, brianoneillconstruction.com Premier Lumber and Fence, 408-376-1163, houzz.com/pro/ premierlumberandfence/premierlumber-and-fence LAR Construction and Remodeling, 888-841-0283, larconstructionandremodeling.com Los Gatos Fencing and Deck, 408460-4909, yelp.com/biz/los-gatosfencing-and-deck-morgan-hill

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Color Your World

WINGING IT Buddleja, commonly known as butterfly bush, will also lure hummingbirds and bees.

Perennials add a pop of color to the garden MARCH 15, 2019




ust a pop of color can make over a landscape into an inviting space for humans and wildlife alike. A vignette of pots, statuary or a fountain creates a focal point in the garden. “Our practice at Garden Accents is to help customers make their gardens their own,”says Grass Farms Garden Accents manager Debbie Barncord. “Whether that be a statue like an elephant or an artistic pot or fountain, you want your garden to reflect your personality.” With a myriad of flowers to choose from in the South Bay, perennials are a good investment because they continue to grow

yearly with a brief dormant period, whereas annuals like petunias, impatients and zinnias may bloom for a long time but do not renew blooms annually. Personal preferences to consider are the desire for fragrant perennials, blooms which can be used in bouquets, and perennials as a food source for hummingbirds and pollinators. Pots make good options to test woody evergreen perennials, which are more difficult to remove vs. herbaceous perennials. Narrowing down the choice based on personal color and plant size preferences is not enough. Plant size includes spread, density and square-foot soil footprint.

Gardeners should consider the following critical factors to avoid costly mistakes: drought tolerance, soil requirements, grass pollen allergens, deer resistance, and toxic or invasive species. Groundcover like creeping phlox add fragrance while attracting pollinators, while ice plant creates a spectacular carpet of tiny pink or purple blooms that lasts just a few weeks. Gold coin, or asteriscus maritimus, produces a blanket of bright yellow daisy flowers and is a West Side Nursery favorite. “Gazanias, which come in wide variety of colors is the most underrated drought-tolerant groundcover,” says Ashley Hill, manager of Johnson Garden Center in Morgan Hill. Buddleja, commonly known as butterfly bush, will lure hummingbirds and bees and comes in many sizes and colors; however, butterflies prefer the mauve blooms. “You can be very successful attracting butterflies and hummingbirds with a small space or a container garden,” Hill says. The shady section of the garden is often overlooked. Add brightness to any semi-shade area with colorful foliage like hostas, which come in a variety of variegated colors and textures. A non-invasive red-leaved variety Red Baron Japanese blood grass and San Francisco Meyer Fern will brighten any semishaded area. Once a perennial selection has been finalized, consult with a local nursery to inquire about color, fragrance and dwarf varieties options. Ultimately, the perennials selected will have staggered blooms from spring to fall. Grass Farms Garden Accents 11155 Lena Ave, Gilroy (408) 846-4555 Johnson Garden Center 520 Tennant Ave, Morgan Hill (408) 779-7171 West Side Nursery 3875 Hecker Pass Rd, Gilroy (408) 842-8895

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