Samrrah Raouf

Samrrah Raouf of Carmichael, Calif. planted a variety of drought-tolerant plants at her home in Sacramento County.  Lambs ears (Stachys byzantina) is a hardy low growing perennial known for its soft and wooly leaves and stems from a layer of white hairs that give the plant a light greenish gray color.



Favorite way to spend free time:

Walking along the American River Parkway.

Favorite flower/tree:

The California Poppy, it is such a beautiful flower and so marvelously represents the state of California.

Recommended garden book:

“Gardening in the Southwest,” by Kathleen Norris Brenzel & Philip Edinger and the editors of Sunset Books, Menlo Park, CA.

Samrrah Raouf’s favorite gardening websites:

Favorite park:

Yellowstone, WY.

Samrrah’s thoughts on her garden:

“Every garden is different, but each one is a joy. Do what you feel works, do what makes you feel good. Minimize the use of pesticides and fertilizers. Irrigate only when needed and in a responsible manner. Drip irrigation works wonders and saves hundreds of gallons of water and dollars per year.”

Saving water is important because….

…in California we only get water falling in the winter. We depend on snow melt to keep our rivers flowing and those rivers have to provide for household water needs, agriculture and nature. Let’s just use what we need.