Adjacent to what remains of the parking lot reclaimed by the Shotgun House and garden, the south garden is a year round riot of scents, blooms, color, birds and butterflies. Facing the Ocean Park branch of the Santa Monica Library and the Santa Monica’s Preservation Resource Center parking lot, the south garden is the most visible area of the Shotgun House Coast Garden.
As visitors approach the Shotgun House, Coyote Mint scents the ocean breeze, while White Penstemon and two ever-changing Western Redbud trees draw the gaze.
Acid yellow pom-pom blooms and the silver-white foliage of Sulphur Buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum) nestle alongside the soft silver-green foliage and giant, bold blooms of Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat (Eriogonum arborescent) to the east side of the garden.
Toward the west and the back of the home, the south garden contains Golden Currant (Ribes aureum), a wonderful choice for those who hope to attract birds and cool a space.
Ever evolving and yet enchanting in each season, the south side of the Shotgun House Coastal Garden perfectly demonstrates the benefits of gardening with foliage authentic to the coast.