Owned by Carolyn and Herb Schaer and designed by Michael Buckner of the Plant Man nursery, this San Diego garden illustrates how low-water doesn’t have to mean personality-free.
Pale green Euphorbia ammak variegata adds height to a section of the garden between driveway and street. Behind a boulder chosen to repeat the blues and oranges of the plants is red-flowering Euphorbia milii, a succulent shrub that blooms nonstop. The lawn area, though water-thirsty, was a requirement of the homeowner’s association.
A threadleaf agave (Agave schidigera) in the foreground echoes the shape of the dragon tree’s clusters. Behind the agave is Aloe cameronii, and forming a thicket of orange branches at right is Euphorbia tirucalli (Sticks on Fire). The blue ground cover, Senecio serpens, flows throughout.
Translucent edges of cabbage-sized Echeveria subrigida Wavy glow when backlit. (Debra Lee Baldwin)
Columnar pilosocereus, with corduroy-like ribs, grows alongside green foxtail agave (Agave attenuata) rosettes. Behind them are red-flowering Euphorbia milii and the mop-headed bottle palm, Beaucarnea recurvata.