Sue Mellers’ garden


Lot size: 500 sq. ft. front garden, 100 sq. ft. parking strip 95% native

Garden Age: Garden was installed in the spring of 2017

Years on the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour: New this year!

Showcase Feature
Sue read Douglas Tellamy’s charming NY Times Op Ed piece, “The Chickadee’s Guide to Gardening: In Your Garden Choose Plants That Help the Environment,” (Google it!) and Sarah Stein’s inspiring, “Noah’s Garden” (available for $2 on Amazon) and knew that she wanted a native plant garden that would provide food, shelter, and nesting areas for birds, bees, and butterflies. More than $1,000 in rebates from the East Bay Municipal Utility District and Save Our Water helped pay to have the Bermuda grass dug out, the lawn sheetmulched, and a drip system and plants purchased. Kelly Marshall of Kelly Marshall Garden Designs designed the garden, and Sue and her husband installed the plants and drip lines.

Other Garden Attractions
• No pesticides are used in this—or any!—Tour garden. Ask Sue, a Master Gardener, how you can manage your garden without the use of pesticides.

Gardening for Wildlife
Manzanita provide nectar to hummingbirds and native bees in the winter and early spring; later in the year other birds visit the manzanita for seeds and fruit. In spring clarkia brighten the garden with their bright pink blossoms, while also attracting native bees. The long, tubular blossoms on the penstemon and monkeyflower invite visits from hummingbirds. The beautiful perennial seaside daisy and two types of buckwheat are great butterfly plants. Our local narrow leaved milkweed waits hopefully for monarch butterflies.

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