The garden has a wonderful traditional Mediterranean feel to it with citrus, roses, bougainvillea and several pools. The owners explained that with the current drought, they are in the process of turning certain areas over to less water greed desert planting. An understandable decision but it would be a pity for this lovely garden to lose its character. The garden is full of charm and little well placed details everywhere, so different from many of the sterile modern desert gardens.
As well as being a well-designed garden with a lovely air of maturity, it is filled with interesting plants. A variegated lemon tree grows in the front garden. Several unusual euphorbias grow alongside mature poinsettias and desert favourites like bougainvillea. I particularly liked the way the various different varieties had been allowed to mingle with each other.
|Duranta erecta (update from Chad - cultivar 'Sapphire Showers' - thanks!) and bougainvillea|
|Variegated lemon - no fruit this year!|
|Think this is Pedilanthus macrocarpus|
|This is its flower but shot in another garden|
|Leaf cutter bees at work - curious but messy - they take the sections to make nests.|
|I've lost the name of this bougainvillea despite having it in my own yard and annoyingly it was doing better than mine!|
|Euphorbia trigona 'Rubra'- possibly?|
|Euphorbia erythraea forma variegata ?|
|Euphorbia cotinifolia - named because of its similarity to the purple leaved Cotinus, here with Bismark palm|
|Gardenia - possibly jasminoides 'Plena'|
|Update - Homalocephala texensis - thanks Chad|
Hope you enjoyed my virtual tour of this lovely garden!