Life in the Garden: A Sonoma County Permaculture Garden

Working with natural systems and patterns, permaculture experts transform a forest-edge hillside into a cascade of outdoor living spaces.

Prostrate rosemary cascades over the stone retaining walls, while sprawling ground­covers and small perennials blend the stone steps into the landscape (here, thyme, Erigeron karvinskianus [Santa Barbara Daisy], and strawberries). Small planting pockets support annual food-producing plants like this cherry tomato.