Grass Garden

The grass garden at Dawn Gardens has about 20 different varieties of ornamental grasses. It occupies about 1/4 acre and is irrigated about 4 times a year with rotor heads. A ride past the grass garden in the golf cart. Photos of some of the grasses in Dawn Gardens: EVERGREEN GRASSES: Giant Feather Grass (Stipa…

Evergreen Shrubs

Evergreen shrubs form the structure of most gardens. LOW SHRUBS: Australian Fuchsia (Correa ‘Wyn’s Wonder’) Australian Fuchsia fall color Fiesta Indian Pink Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis indica ‘Fiesta’) Dwarf Broom (Genista lydia) Gold Flower (Hypericum moserianum) Hypericum ‘Compact Red’ Abelia grandiflora ‘Kaleidoscope’ Green Santolina (Santolina rosmarinifolia) Santolina ‘Lemon Fizz’ MEDIUM SHRUBS: Mexican Orange (Choisya ternata) Aztec Pearl…

Landscape Job From Start to Finish

Bob and Sandy Hale asked Dawn Landscaping to install a new front garden for their residence in Auburn, CA. The existing front yard had a lawn on a slope with 4 trees – 3 Birch and 1 Purple Leaf Plum. The sod was cut and hauled to the dump and the plum tree was removed…

Summer Color

As the weather gets warmer gardeners are looking for more heat and drought tolerant plants. Many of them have a lot of flowers and may bloom much of the summer. Coneflower (Echinacea) Soapwort (Saponaria lempergii ‘Max Frei’) Summer Phlox (Phlox paniculata) Phlox and Daylily Black-eyed Susan, Gloriosa Daisy (Rudbeckia hirta) Daylily (Hemerocallis) Lavender (Lavandula ‘Grosso’)…

Accent Plants

One way to add interest to a garden is to add accent plants. These plants have a contrasting color, form, flowers, texture or size compared to the adjacent plants. Color Accents Red Japanese Maple is a good contrast to the surrounding green foliage. The weeping Willow is also a good accent. Red Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius…

Wildflowers

Spring is the time for most of the wildflowers in the Sierra Foothills. Although small, the native wildflowers at Dawn Gardens are beautiful. Shooting Star (Dodecatheon hendersonii) Unknown wildflower in many places at Dawn Gardens Chinese Houses (Collinsia heterophylla) bloom in April and May and by June we weedeat them to the ground. There are…

Spring at Dawn Gardens

April thru June are the months that are the most floriferous at Dawn Gardens. We generally have open gardens at the beginning of May. There are also many flowers in the summer but it is generally too hot to hold open gardens. Here are some scenes from spring of 2021: Chinese Houses wildflowers Halimiocistus wintoniensis…

Wedding Photos

Photographers love to come to Dawn Gardens to photograph their clients in a beautiful garden context. Wedding pictures, graduation photos, high school senior pictures and other special occasions can be enhanced by flowers, green scenery, water features and moss covered rocks. In the Spring season there is an abundance of flowers including Flowering Cherries, Daffodils,…

The Station

The Station Public House is an outdoor restaurant in Auburn, California maintained by Dawn Landscaping. It was opened in 2020 and has been very successful. We try to keep flowers in the beds blooming year around. Tulips, Daffodils and Grape Hyacinths are the favorites for Spring. Zinnias, Lantana and Vinca are the best for tolerating…

Trees

Trees create the ambience of a garden. They provide shade to cool off the day and provide color in their flowers, seeds and fall foliage. Without trees a garden would not have a feeling of space or protection. DECIDUOUS TREES Golden Rain Tree (Koelreuteria paniculata) This is a dwarf variety of the Smoke Tree (Cotinus…