How to give your garden a California-style makeover - The Globe and Mail Simple stairs made of rough-hewn lumber jog up a front slope, with a slight undulation from side to side, to create an informal entry. Flanked by ornamental grasses, kangaroo paws (Anigozanthos ‘Red Cross’) and the variety of lavender used in the perfume trade (Lavandula x intermedia ‘Grosso’), the rustic ascent smells as good as it looks.

How to give your garden a California-style makeover - The Globe and Mail Simple stairs made of rough-hewn lumber jog up a front slope, with a slight undulation from side to side, to create an informal entry. Flanked by ornamental grasses, kangaroo paws (Anigozanthos ‘Red Cross’) and the variety of lavender used in the perfume trade (Lavandula x intermedia ‘Grosso’), the rustic ascent smells as good as it looks.

One of my favourite grassland plants.... Craspedia, otherwise known as Billy Buttons

One of my favourite grassland plants.... Craspedia, otherwise known as Billy Buttons

Mountain Devil (Lambertia formosa). Photographed in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney Australia, along the Grand Canyon Loop trail.

Mountain Devil (Lambertia formosa). Photographed in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney Australia, along the Grand Canyon Loop trail.

The Birds Nest fern, native to Australian rainforest... beautiful in the shaded garden

The Birds Nest fern, native to Australian rainforest... beautiful in the shaded garden

Scleranthus biflorus, Clumping Australian native, although not actually a grass, it grows in attractive mounds of what looks like a bright green moss. Foliage stays green all year round. Ideal as a ground cover, as it will creep over logs and grow well on steep banks. Perfect for rockeries...

Scleranthus biflorus, Clumping Australian native, although not actually a grass, it grows in attractive mounds of what looks like a bright green moss. Foliage stays green all year round. Ideal as a ground cover, as it will creep over logs and grow well on steep banks. Perfect for rockeries...

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