In Ojai, landscape designer Paul Hendershot created a family gathering place under a cool canopy of fruitless mulberry trees. Mulberries are fairly tolerant of drought once they get established, but their aggressive roots are large and shallow. Hendershot set up a watering system for the trees that irrigates them deeply once a week, keeping the roots from growing too near the surface.
Flip through most gardening books and you'll see pages and pages of excess. But all that lushness comes at a high price. Martha Stewart Living Editorial Director of Gardening Stephen Orr shares greener ways to create lovely outdoor spaces.
19 CREATIVE PLANT MARKERS TO MAKE: Lots of clever ideas here for making labeled markers that can be used for both outdoors (in the garden) and indoors (for house plants). Many are quite inexpensive to make using simple supplies that you probably already have around the house, you’ll find a few utilizing recycled items like soda cans, old spoons and vinyl blinds or smooth rocks right from the garden. Have fun!