More and more builders are accommodating homeowners who have the desire for a small garden. No longer having the room for trees that mature to 30-50 feet in height, smaller options are are now sought after. So, I compiled a list of my favorite small trees that grow well in the Central Valley of California (zone 9). All 5 choices prefer full sun, which most of us have plenty of!
Every August in the Central Valley, I find myself wondering why I have so many roses. There is no question that roses are the epitome of the cottage garden, but without her supporting characters: evergreens, perennials and annuals they will not a summer garden make.
One of my favorite ways to use roses is in mixed borders. Be sure to surround them with perennials such as daylilies, salvia, lantana and catmint just to name a few.