Summer is truly in bloom, but you want a relaxing and beautiful outdoor space you can utilize all year-long.  This takes some initial planning, but can easily be implemented now.

Here are the things to consider:

1. Map out the area you're looking to update. You should know the size of the total space along with areas of sunlight and shade to maximize the exposure of your plants.

2. Choose native plants that will thrive throughout the seasons. Here are a few we'd recommend:

  • Matilija Poppy
  • Hoary California Fuchsia
  • Chalk Liveforever
  • Shaw's Agave
  • Desert Marshmallow
  • San Miguel Island Buckwheat

3. If you're looking to create a more Zen-like garden, make sure to include a water source like a pond, waterfall or stream.

4. Incorporate ornamental grasses for a peaceful, low maintenance look. These include:

  • Mondo Grass
  • Blue Fescue
  • Leatherleaf sedge
  • Succulents

5. Choose a bird bath, sculpture, yard art, and bench to complete the space.

Remember, you want your bench facing the sun for a Zen-garden.  You can also incorporate some comfy seating if you'd like and don't forget some dazzling lights for night-time fun.

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