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A conversation I often have with clients about a completely native landscape touches on the following points. First, native is relative. California is a political distinction and plants native to one area are not native to all of California. Second, gardens that follow a strict native plant palette will experience a period of summer dormancy that many people accept while they're hiking, but are not as excited to see in their own yard. This San Bruno front yard mainly features plants from California's flora chosen for fragrance and attractiveness to pollinators, while a few drought-tolerant non-natives balance the yearly interest. Carefully placed boulders and stones give the feel of hiking the nearby hills.
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