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A meadow garden is just one of the many lawn alternatives that are explored in Reimagining the California Lawn: Water-conserving Plants, Practices, and Designs, the latest book from Cachuma Press by the dynamic team of Carol Bornstein, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. Their previous book is California Native Plants for the Garden (Cachuma Press, 2005). The excerpt that appeared in the January 2010 issue of Pacific Horticulture is adapted from their new book, which is due in spring 2011. The text and list below are also excerpted and adapted from Reimagining the California Lawn.

Selected Plant Palette for Meadow Gardens

The list of possibilities for a meadow garden is practically limitless. In addition to the grasses and herbaceous perennials listed here, consider adding bulbs and annual wildflowers for seasonal color, preferably after the grasses have become established. California poppies (Eschscholzia californica and cultivars), lupines (Lupinus spp. and cultivars), and clarkias (Clarkia spp. and cultivars) are just a few of the many easy-to-grow native annuals from which to choose.

The optimal California climate zones for growing each plant, as outlined in Reimagining the...

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