July is just about the most perfect time to visit a botanical garden and get inspired by the plantings. We’re sort of in love with this one on the California coast. When the tagline is “47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean” you just know you’re in for something special. From old favorites to rare species, the Perennial Garden is bursting with blooms spring through autumn and is alive with bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Frequent fog acts as a cooling and humidifying blanket, reducing the intensity of the full sun, while trees shield the perennials from strong ocean winds and form an attractive backdrop. The shrubs and trees— including dwarf conifers, magnolias, and Cryptomeria japonica (relatives of the giant sequoia)—provide beauty and interest to this garden during winter and early spring when perennials are dormant. The grass is a standard park blend of blue fescue and rye grasses which withstands foot and cart traffic. One must walk on the meandering grass paths to fully appreciate the Perennial Garden. See more of this fabulously colorful garden on the California coast.
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