Northern California Regional Reports

  • blue annual flowers
    Northern California Regional Reports

    The Best Spring Annuals to Direct-Sow in Northern California

    Looking forward to a delightful spring and exuberant garden beds filled with cheerful, eye-catching, colorful flowers? Here in Northern California, the best spring show is achieved by starting work in…

  • Camellias for winter
    Northern California Regional Reports

    Colorful Camellias for the Winter Garden in Northern California

    Would you like elegant, long-lasting blooms to bring indoors in the middle of winter? Or maybe you’ve been longing to add vibrancy, color, and beauty to your late-winter landscape? I’ve…

  • bareroot fruit trees at a nursery
    Northern California Regional Reports

    Tips for Choosing and Planting a Bareroot Fruit Tree in Northern California

    Plucking mouthwatering fruit from your own home-grown fruit tree is so rewarding. Growing your own lowers your carbon footprint (that luscious peach you're biting into was not driven in from…

  • Improved Favorites for California
    Northern California Regional Reports

    Your Favorite Plants Improved for California

    In Paul Westervelt's article on perennial upgrades, he explains the benefit of stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new versions of tried-and-true plants: "After whiffing a few times,…

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    Northern California: February Garden To-Do List

    As days gradually lengthen and the February sun shines with a little more intensity, Northern California plant lovers see encouraging signs of life as their gardens slowly emerge from winter…

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    Northern California: January Garden To-Do List

    Though January is often the coldest and dampest month of the year for Northern Californian gardeners, it's also the perfect time for tidying up after last year, readying your garden…

  • Euphorbia
    Northern California Regional Reports

    Noteworthy Euphorbia Varieties for Northern California

    The genus Euphorbia includes a large and diverse group of plants, ranging from petite annuals to huge, long-lived trees, and includes plants as diverse as the much-loved Christmas poinsettia (E.…

  • pineapple guava blossom
    Northern California Regional Reports

    Pineapple Guava: A Beautiful and Edible Small Tree

    With its delicious blooms and abundant yields of late season fruit, pineapple guava (Feijoa sellowiana, Zones 8–11) definitely deserves a spot in the orchard or kitchen garden. But this tree…

  • fern frond unfurling
    Northern California Regional Reports

    Easy-to-Grow Ferns for Northern California

    Ferns are among the most beautiful foliage plants you can grow. With lush, handsome, beautifully textured foliage, and fabulous forms and colors, ferns are useful in the shaded landscape in…

  • spring-flowering bulbs
    Northern California Regional Reports

    Northern California November Garden To-Do List

    In November the days are even shorter, the cold has set in, and with any luck, rains are a regular occurrence. Most gardeners are less inclined to spend time outdoors,…