Colorful Drought-Tolerant Plants Thrive in Marin
Harvey Rogers in his name-sake garden in Tiburon. Sage, lavender, poppies, and aloe are a few of his drought-tolerant plant selections
Four organizations support Harvey's Demonstration Garden
Marin's Mediterranean climate supports a wide variety of drought-tolerant plants. UC Master Gardener Harvey Rogers has a thriving example at his namesake Demonstration Garden at Blackie's Pasture in Tiburon. You're invited - and encouraged - to visit the garden, which provides delightful year-round color with very low water use.
Harvey's garden includes plants native to California as well as the other four Mediterranean areas - the Western Cape of South Africa, portions of Western Australia, the central coast of Chile, and the Mediterranean basin. All lie between 30-40 degrees latitude with a cold coastal current, mild winters and hot, dry summers.
Harvey leading a recent tour of his garden
Harvey is our oldest and arguably wisest active member and he has 2,500 drought-tolerant plants on display, all labeled. His strict requirements are: deer-resistance; long-lived, long-lasting blooms; little or no water; no fertilizer and pesticide use. These are by definition "low-maintenance" plants that need little or no water once established and thrive in Marin. Here is a complete plant list, so visit and take pictures of the plants and labels for your garden.
Most of the plants there, once established, require little or no water with long-lasting blooms. Bring a camera and take pictures of the plant names on labels throughout the garden. Read more about our Mediterranean climate and Harvey's Demonstration Garden at Blackie's Pasture in Tiburon.
Bidens ferulifolia (top), Bidens gardneri