With fall just around the corner, you may be thinking crunchy leaf-mulch and pumpkins, but did you know that this is the best time to plant, especially if you’ve been tinkering with the idea of incorporating drought-tolerant plants into your landscape?
The San Luis Obispo Master Gardeners will hold their monthly Advice to Grow By workshop this Saturday focusing on drought-tolerant, native, and Mediterranean plants. The speakers will begin with commonly known plants before diverging into more unusual, up-and-coming fare. I’ve also heard through the grapevine that some of the latest drought-tolerant plants may be making an appearance.
Despite predictions that we are going to have a “Godzilla” rain year, it’s important to remember that water is a scarce commodity, particularly when it comes to landscaping.
Using drought-tolerant plants is an important way to save water while still maintaining an attractive garden. Known for their ability to maintain vigor despite dry conditions, droughttolerant plants are also known for their adaptability and ability to thrive with minimal care.
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Natives are plants that are naturally found in our area. Often, they are able to accommodate and thrive in the poorest of soils with no need for fertilizing.
Saturday’s workshop will discuss different types of native plants that grow best in various microclimates of San Luis Obispo. Mediterranean plants are those native to one of the five Mediterranean climate zones — California, southern and western Australia, central Chile, the Cape region of South Africa and the Mediterranean basin, which includes the exot ic locales of France, Spain, Italy, Greece, and Morocco. These regions share similar climates; therefore, Mediterranean plants fit right in with California natives and other drought-tolerant plants.
Many drought-tolerant plants attract pollinators, so be prepared to welcome visitors to your garden. Flitting among the yellow yarrow, purple lavender or stalwart rosemary you may see butterflies, hummingbirds, and honeybees.
Bring sunscreen, a comfortable chair, water and a hat. Who knows? Maybe an umbrella and galoshes will be necessary. The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to noon in the Garden of the Seven Sisters, located at 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo.
CONTACT THE UCCE MASTER GARDENERS
In San Luis Obispo call 781-5939, Arroyo Grande 473-7190, and Templeton 434-4105. Visit us at http://ucanr.org/sites/mgslo/ or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Informative garden workshops are held the third Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. to noon at 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo. Garden docents are available after the workshop until 1 p.m. To request a tour of the garden, call 781-5939.