Gardening Glory Unveiled: Terry’s California Garden Shines in FineGardening’s Top-Ranked Showcase!”

We’re in Northridge, California today, visiting with Terry Sanders:

I live and garden in a very ordinary suburban neighborhood. This is a photo of part of my front yard with roses and butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii, Zone 5- 9) in bloom.

space between sidewalk and road planted with various flowering plants

This is a photo of one of the parking strips in front of my house. During the Covid lockdown I removed all of my grass and installed drip irrigation and mostly pollinator plants. The pink flowers are gaura (Oenothera lindheimeri, Zone 5 – 9) and Penstemon digitalis (Zone 3 – 8).

close up of red and blue flowers in the parking strip

The parking strip in summer. A red rose blooms with a blue salvia that looks like Salvia uliginosa (Zone 6 – 9)

small garden bed full of colorful flowers

I am very lucky to have very good soil because I live on a creek that used to flood during the winter before it was cemented in. Pretty much everything grows.

densely plantedfront yard garden

My front yard. I like to collect old wooden chairs and paint them

front yard garden in full bloom

My front yard from the street with everything overgrown

colorful tiles used in the garden as art

Intricately patterned tiles add even more color.

body form sculpture in a lush green garden

A wicker sculpture forms a focal point in the lush greenery.

pink roses in the garden

An array of perfect pink roses.

close up of bright orange marigolds

Cheerful marigolds (Tagetes patula, annual) covered with flowers.

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