While some Southern California cities might be more well known, Altadena is a beautiful, unincorporated area of Los Angeles County, about 14 miles from downtown and directly north of Pasadena. Like several of the neighboring cities, Altadena began when Benjamin Eaton developed water sources to irrigate his vineyard. Few believed crops could thrive that close to the mountains; yet, after the land was sold, it became primarily agricultural. Now, residents can prove those doubts wrong by growing a variety of trees, flowers and other plants in their yards!
There are also several noteworthy landmarks in Altadena. Did you know the historic Mount Lowe Railway once carried passengers to resort hotels up in the San Gabriel Mountains (where there’s some fantastic hiking!)? While the railway goes through several cities, the most direct trail to the site, the Sam Merrill Trail, starts in Altadena. These are just some of the many reasons we love supporting the community of Altadena.
Do you know where Altadena’s name comes from? With “Alta” meaning upper and “Dena” as an abbreviation of Pasadena, Altadena is adjacent to Pasadena at an even higher elevation. This means while summers are hot and dry like Los Angeles, Altadena gets on average six more inches of rain than the nearby big city.
Greenery like this gets a little extra help thanks to the extra rain that Altadena’s geography receives.
Does this seem odd? It actually makes complete sense! When moist air from the coast is blown up the side of the San Gabriel mountains, the air cools as it’s pushed higher and higher up the mountainside. As the air cools, it turns into condensation and precipitation. Long story short: the most air turns to rain. Residents can plan on using plants that require a bit more rain than their neighbors in the city of Los Angeles. Pretty cool for Altadena!
So what does this climate mean for landscaping? Take advantage of the bit more rain for your yard. You might not need to only use drought-tolerant plants. Consider adding in some variety. At Pacific Outdoor Living, we consult closely with you to discuss the plants that will be best for your needs and aesthetics.
Water features in English-style landscaping are a great way to beautify your Altadena property.
Do you enjoy fragrant vegetation? Consider planting the varieties of sage native to california. Are you looking for a natural source of shade to escape the Southern California heat? We can plant a big California redwood or sycamore tree. Do you enjoy watching wildlife? By mixing and matching native California vegetation, we can attract local birds, butterflies and critters to play and dine in your yard.
By adding waterscapes like ponds, pools or fountains, we’re bound to attract even more wildlife. Our team will be happy to consult with you about which plants are right for you.
There are many plants native to the Altadena area including multiple varieties of sage, sand verbanas, ferns, manzanitas, milkweed, thistle, buckwheat, and even the California state flower – the poppy! Together, we can incorporate a variety of plants, waterscapes, paving and more to create a beautiful outdoor space perfectly suited to your aesthetics and lifestyle.