440 Hazelwood Avenue at Los Palmos Dr., private home in the Mt. Davidson – Miraloma area – an inspiration for native plant gardeners. The front of the house, which dominates a prominent corner, is full of native plants. The natives continue around the corner uphill along a wide public walkway-stairway. The back yard is also full of natives that can be seen across a low fence. All plants are grown by homeowner Greg Gaar from locally collected native seeds.
In California’s Mediterranean climate summer means no rain and golden brown hills. There are still drought tolerant natives in bloom at 440 Hazelwood, but many are in a summer resting mode waiting for the fall rains to start. This is a good time to watch insects which are plentiful in a native garden and more visible with the reduced foliage.