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Rachel Young

As an ecologist, who studied California native plants before working in horticulture, Rachel approaches landscape design and maintenance from a holistic perspective, taking into account the overlapping needs of people, plants, and wildlife in urban ecosystems. She is the former director of horticulture and garden operations at Descanso Gardens, in La Cañada, California and is currently focused on teaching and researching in the fields of organic horticulture, rainwater and watershed conservation, and public parks and urban green space planning and management.

  • Southern California Regional Reports

    Southern California: October Garden To-Do List

    Decorate your garden with pumpkins and squash. This is a great way to brighten things up without using extra water. Got squirrels? A vinegar spritz or bath will keep your…

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    Regional Picks: Short Plants – Southern California

    1. ‘Belgravia Rose’ Sun Rose Name: Helianthemum ‘Belgravia Rose’ Zones: 4–9 Size: 6 to 8 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide Conditions: Full sun; average soil Native range:…

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    Southern California: September Garden To-Do List

    Divide native Douglas irises (Iris douglasiana, Zones 5–9). Consider planting some container succulents to brighten up the brown, dry season. Succulents get more colorful when under water stress. Harvest the…

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    Starting Fall and Winter Vegetables From Seed

    By midsummer you should be knee-deep in tomatoes, beans, zucchini, and peppers, so it can be hard to remind yourself to shop for seeds for your next season of vegetable…

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    Growing Succulents for Color

    As temperatures soar, all the grass in the neighborhood begins to brown, and you have to deadhead your flowers a day after they bloom, it feels like you’d do almost…

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    Fall-Planted Bulbs and Corms for Southern California

    Bulbs and corms that originate in a Mediterranean climate are some of the best-performing but least-known plants for Southern California. There are hundreds of species of incredible bulbs from California,…

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    Southern California: August Garden To-Do List

    Give your gardens one or two deep waterings. Cut back cool-season ornamental grasses. Buy the bulbs you will plant in the fall. Start fall and winter vegetable seeds indoors in…

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    Repotting House Plants | Southern California Regional Report

    July weather is hot and dry, so why not stay inside with the air-conditioning or a fan and catch up on your indoor gardening? Indoor plants need love too, so…

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    Southern California: July Monthly To-Do List | Regional Report

    Deadwood oaks and native shrubs. If your oak tree (Quercus spp. and cvs., Zones 4-10) needs pruning, hire an arborist to help you navigate the rules and regulations (as well…

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    Care Tips for Drought-Deciduous Native Plants | Southern California Regional Report

    As the rains end and June gloom rolls by, things start to dry up in the garden, and many of your favorite drought-deciduous native plants, such as ‘Bee’s Bliss’ salvia…