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May 18

The Land of Misfit Plants

Posted on May 18, 2017 at 9:51 AM by Ann Vallee

poppy for blogMarin-Friendly Garden in Mill Valley

misfit plantsWho would have guessed that this creative Mill Valley garden serves as a halfway house for plants that simply need a second chance? The owner, a landscape designer at M2 Design and Construction and a garden educator, brings home plants that are unwanted at her clients’ gardens and introduces them into her own. In this way, the garden serves as a sort of plant laboratory where new plants are tried and tested throughout this constantly evolving landscape. 

Having limited time for maintenance, the owner carefully selects plants that are both deer-resistant and drought-tolerant, including many California natives and attractive succulents. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds regularly visit the vibrant blooms that abound. Some of the favorite plants featured in this garden include Grevillea ‘Superb,’ Leucadendron sp., Leucospermum sp., Aeonium sp. and Otatea acuminata aztecorum

Inviting walkways and attractive walls are crafted from recycled materials, and a simple drip irrigation system applies just the right amount of water to each plant. A collection of found objects is tucked in among the plants, giving the garden a sense of playfulness. The garden even hosts a “Little Library” that offers passersby the chance to exchange books. By creating this welcoming space, the owner strives to support her neighbors and family, as well as local pollinators and—perhaps most importantly—plants that simply need a second chance. 

Take a video tour of this Marin-Friendly garden below and scroll down for more photos. Explore more Marin-Friendly gardens at:

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