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Rainwater Catchment, Rain Garden Theodore Payne Foundation Sun Valley, CA

See unique landscapes that are sustainable, inventive, and distinctly Californian by attending the Theodore Payne Foundation’s annual garden tour.

Capturing water in the landscape is often the easiest and most efficient way to store it. Swales help us do that. Learn how to choose the best site for a swale and how to build one.

Capturing water in the landscape is often the easiest and most efficient way to store it. Swales help us do that. Learn how to choose the best site for a swale and how to build one. Great info for newbies, not just for residential use.

SWALES: The Permaculture Element That Really "Holds Water" - Swales are water-harvesting ditches, built on the contour of a landscape. Swales are flat on the bottom because they’re designed to slow water down to a standstill, eliminate erosion, infiltrate the surrounding area with water, and recharge the groundwater table.

Swales: The Permaculture Element That Really "Holds Water" Permaculture Research Institute - Permaculture Forums, Courses, Information & News

Good Grasses - Make pathways from a porous material, such as gravel, instead of non-permeable concrete so soil can absorb some water before it runs off. Ornamental grasses offer color and structure in this drought-resistant garden. Purple catmint and allium edge the gravel path in this flowerbed.

Drought-Tolerant Landscaping Ideas

Creeping thyme at the bottom of a gravel path helps prevent water. Ornamental grasses offer color and structure in this drought-resistant garden. Purple catmint and allium edge the gravel path in this flowerbed.

DIY Garden Steps & Stairs • Lots of ideas, tips & tutorials! Including, from '2 minute gardener', this great tutorial on making landscape timber stairs.

Step by Step! : DIY Garden Steps and Stairs

DIY Garden Steps Stairs Lots of ideas, tips tutorials! Including, from 2 minute gardener, this great tutorial on making landscape timber stairs.

australian native garden

Native garden at the front with taller trees/shrubs close to the road providing privacy and lower, colourful plants nearer the house providing depth and interest

australian landscapes by ian johnson | Australian gardens – landscape & plants | GardenDrum

What makes an Australian garden ‘Australian’? Leslie Simpson, garden designer, and I think we’ve cracked the code. Listen here to Design Elements, where we’re discussing Australian themed gardens.

Melaleuca thymifolia, known as the thyme honey-myrtle is a common Australian plant found in coastal areas, often in heathland, woodland and swampy edges. Growing on sandstone or clay based soils. A fragrant shrub around 1 metre high, with corky bark and slender wiry stems. This plant is often noticed in spring, with attractive violet or purple flowers with feathery claws

Thyme Honey-myrtle (Melaleuca thymifolia) A common Australian plant found in coastal areas, often in heathland, woodland and swampy edges.