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  • Hauntingly Beautiful

    Plant these plants this fall to add color and mood to create a haunting effect. Not that you need an excuse to use black plants in your garden, but the Halloween season is the perfect time to add dark and rich colors. Fall is California’s best planting time, and whose garden [...] Read Full Article
  • Gardening in Small Spaces

    You've heard the phrase "Good things come in small packages?" Well, that's true of small garden spaces too! A small space shouldn't limit your garden or your imagination—hanging baskets, containers, window boxes, espaliered fruit trees….they're all great ways to made a big gardening impact – even on the most limited high [...] Read Full Article
  • Summer Snapdragons

    Angelonia is a beautiful bloomer that is a great waterwise choice for bright summer color. It's also known as Summer Snapdragons. And, they do have the appearance of a smaller snapdragon. They have beautiful spires of small flowers that bloom all summer long. They will grow to be 2 feet [...] Read Full Article
  • Pollinators in the Garden

    Every garden needs pollinators such as butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. They feed on the nectar one a flower and then move to another flower distributing pollen, Without pollinators we would have fewer flowers, fruits and vegetables. Pollinators need two things from plants. The first is nectar. Nectar is loaded with sugars [...] Read Full Article
  • Attracting Hummingbirds

    Gardening for Hummingbirds Hummingbirds have delighted birdwatchers for centuries. Their bright, iridescent colors, rapid flight and the ability to hover are a few of the traits that make hummingbirds unique. Such high-energy movement requires that they feed every ten to fifteen minutes. Natural foods consist of nectar, small insects and spiders [...] Read Full Article
  • Succulent Containers

    Containers filled with succulent plants are fun, easy, and eye catching! Step 1: Choose a container - You can plant succulents in any type of container that has good drainage. Glazed pottery, terra cotta pots, wooden boxes and even wreath forms are great vessels for a succulent garden.  Step 2: E.B. Stone [...] Read Full Article
  • Cool Coneflowers for Hot Gardens

    Coneflowers - Echinacea Coneflowers have long been a summertime favorite of gardeners, birds and butterflies. They are low water plants that are great for waterwise gardening. And, they thrive in the summer heat. Hummingbirds and butterflies enjoy the flower nectar. They make great - long, lasting cut flowers to bring indoors [...] Read Full Article
  • Five Waterwise Flowers

    Your yard doesn't have to look like the desert landscape to have a low-maintenance and waterwise garden. You can have a garden that is full of beautiful summer flowering plants that is waterwise. These 5 plants will bloom year after year requiring little maintenance.   Coneflower - This hearty perennial is a [...] Read Full Article
  • Hot Stuff

    Hot Stuff Peppers - How Hot are They? The Scoville Scale, named for it's creator Wilbur Scoville, measures the heat of peppers and other spicy foods. Some peppers such as Bell peppers are quite mild with nearly no heat, while others like the Banana pepper have a mild amount of heat. Want [...] Read Full Article
  • Bountiful Blueberries

    Blueberry Month July is National Blueberry Month. It's a great time to celebrate this super fruit! Plant blueberries in your garden and you can pick fresh blueberries for all your summer entertaining.   Benefits of Growing Blueberries Blueberries have many benefits. They are a wonderful landscape plant. They have bell-shaped white flowers in the [...] Read Full Article
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  • Annuals & Perennials

    Read tips and advice for growing annuals and perennials in your garden.

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  • Edible Gardening

    Click to read more about different types of edible gardens and how to start your own!

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  • Trees & Shrubs

    Learn more about the best trees and shrubs for your yard and the best practices for caring for specific trees and shrubs.

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  • Garden Care

    Read tips and advice for general garden care.

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  • Indoor Gardening

    Ideas for best enjoying an indoor garden.

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  • Holidays

    Ideas for holiday decor and gifts!

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  • Container Gardening

    Learn about container gardening with articles on making your own container garden, caring for container gardens and more!

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  • Shade Gardening

    Learn the best tips for shade gardening!

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  • Birds & Butterflies

    Ideas for attracting birds & butterflies to your garden.

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  • Garden Design

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  • Outdoor Living

    Tips and ideas for enjoying some outdoor living.

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