Maria Sargent’s garden


Lot size: 1,300 sq. ft. front garden, 90% native

Garden Age: Garden was installed in the spring of 2015

Years on the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour: 2

Showcase Feature

Maria, who grew up in this house, felt it was time for a change. She was ready for the lawn and pyracantha to go, as well as the tired groundcover. After hearing Pete Veilleux of East Bay Wilds give a talk on gardening with native plants, she was sold. An $800 lawn conversion rebate from the East Bay Municipal Utility District made the project that much more doable. This beautiful front garden, designed and installed by Pete and his efficient crew, contains seventy species of native plants, which thrive on the attractive undulating raised beds that flow across the garden. Nine species of manzanita and six different types of California lilac provide structure and greenery throughout the year. Check out the potted sedums, dudleyas and lewisias.


Other Garden Attractions

• The garden now uses less than half the water it once did.

• A gracefully curving raised path, made of tumbled mahogany flagstone, edged with a custom mix of decomposed granite and lined with small stones already on the property, provides access to the back yard.

• The mulch came from a tree that was removed in order to bring more light onto the property.




Gardening for Wildlife


Birds and bees sip water from the birdbath (which was made by Maria). Four kinds of buckwheat (CaliBirds and bees sip water from the birdbath (which was made by Maria). Four kinds of buckwheat (California, St. Catherine’s, rosy, and Shasta) provide great landing pads (aka clustered blossoms) and nectar for butterflies. Three types of sages (Bees Bliss, Whirley Blue, and Shirley’s Creeper), and coyote mint delight native bees. California fuchsia and native penstemon attract hummingbirds.

Plant list

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