HARMONY GARDENS NEWSLETTER
Volume 1 ~ Issue 7 June 19, 2009

FENG SHUI TIPS FROM THE EXPERT
If you are working on particular aspects of your life, visualizations are best done at both ends of the day. If you visualize before you go to bed, you have a wonderful image to sleep on and your brain will naturally help you come up with the methods or paths you need to take to realize your dreams. When you do visualizations in the morning, it sets your framework for the day. Don't forget, when you dream, dream big!!!

FENG SHUI AND MONEY CLASS IS COMING UP NEXT WEEK! It will be a great class that will help you make great strides forward in you wealth plan. Register today by calling Shelley 818-505-9783 or via email: shelley@harmonygardens.net

Contents:
  • FENG SHUI TIPS FROM THE EXPERT
  • DO I HAVE TO PLANT CACTUS?
  • NEW CLASS SCHEDULE
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

DO I HAVE TO PLANT CACTUS???

In California we are experiencing a drought and that has started many people rethinking their landscape. When people call me to design a xeriscape (design using minimal water use) garden often ask me the above question- Do I have to plant cactus? Many people still see drought tolerant landscaping as rocks and cactus. If you enjoy those looks, that is a valid plant genera. However many people don't like the way that kind of dry landscape looks and the truth is that you don't need to have live with that look just to acheive water savings. In this article I am going to outline other types of plants that can be used for drought tolerance. Note that you can mix and match sometimes but you need to be careful because even drought tolerant plants have different water requirements so you need to group plants that have similar water needs together.

1. South African Plants. There are many South African plants that are perfect for our climate and are drought tolerant. Some of our most common plants are in this category such as Lily of the Nile, Japanese Iris, Europs Daisy, Ivy Geraniums and Gazania come from this area of world. When people turn their noses up at common plants, I often tell them that they are common because they are the ones that survive!

Europs ---Geraniums ---Gazania

2. Australian Plants. In the 1800's many plants were brought to California from Australia and New Zealand. Today when people look at examples of these plants such as Eucalyptus, Bottlebrush, Melaleuca, Tea Trees, Kangaroo Paws and Flax, they think they originated here. These plants have become the favored food and habitat for hummingbirds, bees and birds in our environment.

Bottlebrush ---Kangaroo Paws --Melaleuca

3. Mediterranean plants. Mediterranean plants can actually refer all plants that survive in a Mediterranean climate however most people in the landscape industry think of these plants as those that originated from the countries around the Mediterranean Sea, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey. Plants such as Wormwood, Lavender, Society Garlic, Yarrow, Oleander, Iceplant, Rosemary and Italian Cypress. Each of these plants has a medicinal use as well as many of them carrying beloved legends.

Oleander --Lavender-- Society Garlic --Yarrow

4. Grasses. The Grasses have become popular in the last few years. Most of them are drought tolerant but remember that the water thirsty Bamboo is also in this category. The thing that most people love about the grasses is their sound and movement in the wind. Many of the grasses go dormant in the winter so be prepared for the yellow or brown look for some of the year. Among the most popular and hardy grasses are Red Fountain Grass, Mexican Feather Grass, Sheep's Fescue, Deer Grass, Soft Muhly, and Autumn Moor Grass.

Sheep's Fescue- Red Fountain Grass -Mexican Feather Grass

5. California Native Plants. You need to be extra careful if you choose to use California native plants. Too much water or in some cases, water at the wrong time of the year can lead to disease and death. Because of their native status, they are less susceptible to disease and are great habitat for animals native to your area. Plants such as Wild Lilac, California Fuschia, Matilija Poppy, Cleveland Sage and Copper Canyon Daisy can bring color to your garden year around.

Wild Lilac--Matilija Poppy -Cleveland Sage -Copper Canyon Daisy

6. Cactus and Succulent Plants. My biggest argument with designers or homeowners using Cactus and Succulent Plants is that they often treat them all like specimens. This means that they group one of each kind all together so that it looks like a jumble of plants and you can't see the spectacular beauty of these plants. Huntington Gardens has a spectacular collection that is shown off to its max with groupings of these plants contrasting other plant groupings or a specimen set alone. Examples of popular Cactus, cactus like and succulent plants are Purple Aeonium, Pork and Beans, White Strip Agave, Peruvian Fence Post and Blue Chalks.

Purple Aeonium- Pork and Beans- White Strip Agave- Peruvian Fence Post

 

 

Located in the Santa Monica Mountains, this lovely property has primarily native and drought tolerant landscaping. In the distance you see Pride of Madera. Pink Iceplant is spectacular and White Rockrose adds color and texture.

Here we combined Red Fountain Grass, Blue Oat Grass and Red Kangaroo Paws. In the distance there are also the brightly colored Daylilies and Cosmopolitan Silver Grass. Sheep's Fescue was used as the groundcover. See how the silver-red-burgundy contrast is so pleasing.

Here there are combinations of Flax with succulent groundcover (Blue Chalks). Blue tumbled glass is also used as a spectacular groundcover and contrast point to the Flax.

This drought tolerant landscape includes Japanese Iris, Lavender, Mexican Sage and Giant Yarrow in the rear. Dimondia is a beautiful flat groundcover.

 

CLASS SCHEDULE

FENG SHUI AND MONEY. June 27, 2009 10 AM - 12 PM. Come and learn about how to analyze your home to promote wealth. Learn where your wealth corner is and what other methods can be used to bring more money in your life.

Class to be at Tarzana Community Center, 19130 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA. COST: $45 plus nine red envelopes*** Call Shelley 818-505-9783 to register or email shelley@harmonygardens.net

FENG SHUI AND LOVE........ July 18, 2009 1 PM - 3 PM. Having trouble with your love life? Feng Shui can help! Learn where your marriage corner is and what other methods can be used to bring love into your life.

Class to be at Unitarian Church, Studio City, 12355 Moorpark Street., Rm. 9. Studio City, CA. COST: $45 plus nine red envelopes*** Call Shelley 818-505-9783 to register or email shelley@harmonygardens.net

FENG SHUI IN THE GARDEN... August 8-9, 9 AM - 4 PM. Feng Shui is a systematic approach to understanding the principles that create the sense of harmony and balance in our surroundings. This two-day workshop focuses on how to apply the basics in Feng Shui in your landscape and garden to enhance your life.

Class to be at U.C.L.A., to register, contact UCLA Extension, www.uclaextension.edu/ or call (310) 825-9971

***For more information about the Red Envelope Tradition. see Newletter 4 at www.harmonygardens.net or contact Shelley for more details.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shelley Sparks is a Feng Shui Expert, Licensed Landscape Architect and Humble Gardener. Through the practices of Feng Shui and Landscape Design she creates Harmony, Healing, Prosperity and Beneficial Qualities to her client's home, business and garden environments. She believes that as we bring our environments into balance we live happier healthier more abundant lives, benefit all that we relate to and help heal the earth.

She has been licensed as a Landscape Architect for more than 25 years and has designed award winning residential landscapes. She is a disciple of His Holiness Master Lin Yun Rinpoche, Grand Master of Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Sect of Feng Shui and has been studying Feng Shui for more than sixteen years. She teaches Garden as a Healing Space and Feng Shui and Feng Shui in the Garden for U.C.L.A. and other venues throughout the United States. She analyzes Feng Shui for people's homes, businesses and gardens.

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