South (Side) Garden

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.

East (Front) Garden

While the front garden increases the curb appeal of the Shotgun House and the beauty of a highly-trafficked commercial area, it is much more than a pretty face.

The garden’s hardscape is minimal, but impactful. The ADA compliant brick path is free of mortar, so water can slip between the bricks and be cleansed by soil and foliage before it joins the big blue. There is also a mini-bed between the path and the deck, giving water a more direct route into the ground. Full of fragrant Coyote Mint (Monardella villosa), it could be mistaken for simple beautification.

Mid-height foliage creates definition between the neighbors’ drive and the Shotgun House property. Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat (Eriogonum arborescens) and California Sagebrush (Artemisia californica) make lovely border-area companions.

Just to the south of the historic marker, river rock surrounds an almost imperceptible divot in the garden’s topography.  That simple indentation is a bioswale, which also directs water into the ground.


Common Yarrow and Buckwheat

Between the historic marker and raised signage, eye-poppingly colorful California native Yarrows (Achillea millefolium), Zauschernia (Epilobium canum), Milkweed, Red Buckwheat (Eriogonum grande rubescens) and Coyote Mint (Monardella villas) create playspace for birds and butterflies.

As the garden has matured, it adds to the charm of the architecture, surrounding the Shotgun House with color, life, energy and vitality.


West (Back) Gardens

Petite gardens carve life into the parking lot to the back of the Shotgun House. Hummingbird Sage now matches the height of the parking meters!

Alongside the magenta wands of Hummingbird Sage (Salvia spathacea), Golden Currant (Ribes aureum) and Bladderpod (Isomeris arborea)collaborate to cover the cinderblock wall behind the meters. Seaside Daisy (Erigeron glaucus) decorates the base of the meters, offering a friendly smile to anyone who drops their change.

This mix of foliage also smiles from small foliage beds southwest and southeast corners of the parking lot. The back of the home itself is also serves as a bit of a garden, with vine growing in a predesignated section of the foundation.

Beach Beauty Plant Palette

Develop the resilience of Santa Monica and our oceans by harnessing the strengths of our Beach Beauties. Top Act foliage protects ocean health because it is happy at the beach without much water and without chemical intervention. It will stay lush and leafy year round, create shade and cool in hot summers, and attract birds and butterflies too.

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