Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Hillside Landscaping (Sunset Publishing, ISBN: 978-0-376-03778-7) offers the do-it-yourself gardener planting tips, landscape plans, advice on drainage issues, design guidelines and hundreds of colored photographs and illustrations on planning, building, planting and maintaining a garden on a hillside. There is a list of plants for erosion control, as well as irrigation plans. This publication is an excellent starting point for homeowners who want to establish a landscape on an otherwise difficult site. 160 pages including index.
Favorite or New Plant
Rockrose (Cistus) is an evergreen shrub which has a long bloom period from early spring to mid summer, longer in cooler climates. Colors range from white to deep pink. The flowers are showy and the plant is hardy in most soils and climates in our region and is resistant to frost down to 15F. Cistus has an extensive root system that is ideal for erosion control on hillsides. It requires little or no irrigation once established.