Stunning Plant Combinations for Low-Water Gardens in Sonoma County

California is known for sunny skies, Mediterranean climate and some of the most beautiful drought adapted plants in the world. A reputable landscape designer in Sonoma County can help you put together plant combinations that will make your garden area pop with color. The right plants offer texture, color, and depth to even the smallest landscaped areas.


Blue Glow agave (Agave ‘Blue Glow’), Hens and Chicks (Echeveria imbricata), and Narrow-Leaf Chalk Sticks (Senecio cylindrica) offer blue tinged foliage on both the short end as well as the tall, creating depth and a unique blend of textures. This combination also adds drama to a garden, especially on full moon lit evenings. Succulents, in general, can grow low to the ground or stand tall and proud. They can add both color and dimension to an otherwise boring garden area.  Their flowers also add to their enjoyment and are often complimentary color to the foliage.

Shimmery Pastels

Silver Carpet (Dymondia margaretae), Lavender (Lavandula species), and the Fortnight Lily (Dietes vegeta) give the impression of a shimmery flow of color when used to accent one another. The scent of lavender is a pleasant surprise and the flowers can eventually be cut and used in florals and centerpieces. Summer blooming, pastel colors also stand out among the various shades of green and grey foliage.

Blue and Purple Hues

Blue and purple hues create a relaxing and peaceful looking garden. Mainacht Sage (Salvia x superba “Mainacht’), the Globemaster Ornamental Onion (Allium’Globemaster’), and Catmint (Nepeta species) provide soft flowers that add a light scent to the air. The three plants together add both depth and texture to a field of blue and purple hues that draw you in and allow you to relax your mind, if just for a second.

Grasses and Things

Ornamental Grasses are amongst the easiest plants to care for in a garden, along with being some of the most versatile. Take Canyon Prince Wild Rye Grass (Elymus ‘Canyon Prince’), Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis acutifolia ‘Karl Forester’), and add some lavander (Lavandula species) plants to provide different shades of green and blue, as well as a hint of gold and purple. Their height makes them ideal for use as either a border or backdrop.

Landscape designers in Sonoma County

If you are looking for a reputable landscape designer in Sonoma County, the professional staff at Gardenworks is always available to answer your questions and help you choose the best combination of plants for your particular area and planting zone. They know the best plants to compliment the architectural design of your home or business. Choose the right plants and you will create a combination that gives your home a whole new look and increases curb appeal.