Features of a Sustainable Garden
- Designed, managed and maintained as an interdependent living system
- Uses plants and features appropriate to the natural environment and climate
- Minimizes inputs and outputs (fertilizers, water, green waste, replacement plants)
- Creates an inherently stable living system (a climax plant community)
- Incorporates a great diversity of plants (perennials, shrubs, vines, bulbs, annuals) to provide year-round color and homes for beneficial insects
- Includes edible plants and fruit trees in the design
- Features plant varieties that will not quickly outgrow allotted space and require year-round pruning
- Replaces large lawns with hardscape or drought-tolerant groundcover plants to reduce use of water
© 2005 Edward Rooks, a nature artist who occasionally teaches art at Santa Clara University.
This web site was written and designed by Nancy Lucid whose research was supported by a generous grant from the Bannan Institute for Jesuit Educational Mission at Santa Clara University.
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