Karen uses drought-tolerant California native plants and Mediterranean plants ideal for the Santa Cruz coastal climate.
Karen benefits from having her garden situated in a redwood grove. The trees provide a constant supply of additional mulch, shade the soil to increase water retention, and house beneficial predators and pollinators.
In the backyard, Karen grows a variety of ferns which are well adapted to lower canopy of the redwood forest.
Selecting plants based on the climate of the area is essential to a healthy garden. Here Karen chose plants that are well adapted to full sun.