Originally Published: July 11, 2008 8:31 p.m.
Garden lovers, if you think you cannot have a lovely yard during a time of drought, think again. Alta Vista Garden Club as their Garden of the Month for July, has chosen a perfect example of a water-wise garden.
Sitting on the high point of a street with fabulous views to the east, Jim Crocket, a busy Prescott dentist, has found a way to accentuate his beautiful Mediterranean-style home with the use of water-wise plants and trees.
Several years ago, Crocket and his son, a Prescott builder, designed the home at 950 Grapevine Lane in the newer section of Piñon Oaks. Jim loves the Mediterranean-style homes in the Santa Barbara area and wanted to import that style to Prescott.
As one approaches the terraced front yard of the home, there are Spanish broom plants bursting into bloom with a delightful fragrance. Rose of Sharon, bowls of dianthus, photinia, heavenly bamboo, rosemary, Russian sage, aspen trees and a three-tiered fountain lead the way to the front entry framed by Alberta spruce topiaries and stone pineapples on pedestals welcoming visitors to the front door. Touches of black wrought iron, natural accents to the Mediterranean style, are found in the lamps on the outside of the house, benches, a window box and a three-light post lantern along the walk in front of the house and garage.
The driveway on the east side of the property is lined with rose bushes in colors of pink peach, yellow and red and huge periwinkle plants trailing over the wall. Along the drive on the west side are rows of deep red dianthus and a spectacular red bud tree.
Walking to the back yard through the garden gate covered with wisteria, one will be surprised and delighted by the view. There is a three-hole artificial turf putting green with stone golfing statues as accents. Farther along the rear walkway is a lawn area with a rock waterfall and pond filled with fish and water lilies. Roses line the wrought iron fence along the rear yard. Pops of color are found around the waterfall with petunias and more aspens.
Jim admits to being a "tinker in the garden" and through the use of multiple drippers and wise use of timers for his irrigation system, he has managed to keep his water usage under control yet provide a lovely oasis around his home filled with bushes, trees and flowers to enjoy.