The garden is is USDA zone 9b, the same zone as mine; an indicator of the limited usefulness of the USDA zones here on the micro-climate laden west coast. Sunset (the go-to zone guide for gardeners in the west) classifies this area as zone 17 , mild wet and frostless winters with summer fog and lack of heat. Growing a tomato in Mendocino is an exercise in futility, Fuchsias can sit out in the sun all day long, and frost is rare. The perennial gardens here are planted with tough customers that can withstand winds, pounding rain, fog and salt air.
They grow some dandy Kniphofias out here on the coast.
Verbena bonarienses, Melianthus (evergreen here) and large scale grasses anchor this bed.
Verbenas are used extensively and effectively.
I failed to note the name of this grass, but it made a dramatic transition between the lawn and the borders, and even the mist couldn't keep it from lighting up the view.
There were several really nice Astelias in the garden, this is Astelia chathamica .
Angelicas love the climate here, not so much at my house ! Of course I grow (and coddle) them anyway.
Had my lunch on a bench looking at this..