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High in the hills, perched between Hollywood and Vine and the Hollywood sign, sits scenic Lake Hollywood, a reservoir held back by a dam designed by the great water wrangler William Mulholland. Flanked by a classic California mix of oak, pine, eucalyptus, agave, and sage and circled by a pedestrian trail, this is one of the city’s great walking spots with wonderful scenic views. Visit www.xplorela.com
Echiums are ideal for coastal gardens as they are salt, drought, and wind tolerant. Pictured is Echium Heronswood Blue (Echium candicans). Originally seleted from a chance seedling at Heronswood, this Echium is covered with tall candle-like spikes of cool sky blue in spring. Excellent for attracting bees to your garden to increase pollination of all your fruiting plants. Adds drama to the dry garden with little care, simply cut back after flowering to keep a compact shape.