Southern California

  • native plants for southern california
    Design

    5 Must-Have Native Plants for the Southern California Garden

    Even though we like to think much in our lives is predictable and at least somewhat under our control, everything is continually changing, and the garden is a perfect teacher…

  • autumn garden to-do list
    How-To

    Autumn To-Do List for Southern California Gardeners

    Southern California seems to be one of those areas that’s feeling the impact of drought more critically than many other parts of the country. Yet as autumn begins, there is…

  • stone garden
    Design

    Create a Water-Wise Garden With Stone

    As water becomes a critical issue in Southern California, it has become imperative to seek a new definition of what gardening is about and what we want our landscapes to…

  • Vertical gardening
    Design

    Vertical Gardening in Southern California

    Vertical gardening continues to grow in popularity. Although the concept is not new, it is becoming more relevant than ever for Southern California landscapes. With increasingly hot, dry, and windy…

  • deer and hydrangeas
    How-To

    Do Deer Eat Hydrangeas?

    The arrival of late spring and early summer means just one thing here in New England: hydrangea season. The East Coast is known for the iconic displays those hydrangeas put…

  • swallowtail butterfly on a pink flower
    Article

    Growing a Butterfly Garden in Southern California

    Most of Southern California is on the western monarch butterfly migration path and is home to a number of other fascinating butterflies that are ecologically significant pollinators. At a time…

  • woman holding a large harvest of kale
    Article

    Dana and Sarah’s Garden of Eden

    Our 2,400-square-foot backyard vegetable garden is located in Los Angeles (Zone 10B). It is an edible garden of Eden that features over 100 heirloom varieties of vegetables, fruits, and herbs.…

  • ‘Canyon Gray’ sagebrush
    Article

    Drought-Tolerant Shrubs for California

    According to NASA Earth Observatory, one-third of the United States experienced some level of drought in 2020. Unfortunately, we know this was not a random anomaly but an increasing trend with…

  • tips for shopping at a garden center
    How-To

    Tips for Shopping at a Southern California Garden Center

    Garden centers offer a wide range of lovely plants. Yet it’s important to consider not only the plants that we find eye-catching but also those that will thrive in our…

  • garden on and around a rain barrel
    How-To

    How to Save Water in the Garden for Droughts to Come

    Water has become a critical consideration as our climate changes and reservoirs are drying. Some years may grace us with more rainfall than others, but the long-range view of the…