Southern California Regional Reports

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    Southern California: January Garden To-Do List

    The holidays are now past, and it’s time to break down your decorations and put everything away. Before hauling the tree to the curb, consider how much of it can…

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    The Best Fruit Trees for Southern California

    Fruit trees can be one of the best additions to any landscape. They offer shade and color in addition to healthy, delicious food. Many fruit trees can be grown in…

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    Tough, Low-Maintenance Shrubs for Southern California

    Even if we have a wonderful year of rainfall, we need to rethink our Southern California gardens. It’s likely we will have many dry, hot years ahead. So let’s use…

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    Fall Is for Planting in Southern California

    Spring is many gardeners’ favorite season for planting, but in our region spring can be short and studded with surprise heat spikes. This often means that newly added plants don’t…

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    Southern California November Garden To-Do List

    The weather is finally reliably cooler now in Southern California, and our attention is shifting from heat and wind protection to tucking our gardens in with new plants and fresh…

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    Pest Control for Southern California: Whiteflies

    Whiteflies are familiar across the country as greenhouse and indoor-plant pests. But in our warm climate, two species of these unwelcome little sap-sucking insects are very prevalent. Silverleaf whitefly (Bemisia…

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    Southern California September Garden To-Do List

    Plant perennial herbs. Herbs such as rosemary (Rosmarinus spp. and cvs., Zones 8–11), sage (Salvia officinalis, Zones 4–8), thyme (Thymus vulgaris, Zones 5–9), and oregano (Origanum vulgare, Zones 4–8) can…

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    Indoor Gardening in Southern California

    Tending to houseplants can be a rewarding experience for any plant enthusiast. I discovered a love of houseplants while far along in my pregnancy here in Southern California. It was…

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    An Edible Garden With a Twist

    Within the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, where I work, there lies a secret, lesser-known garden. The James P. Folsom Experimental Ranch, named for…

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    Regional Picks: Perennial Hole Fillers – Southern California

      1. Chalk Live-Forever Name: Dudleya pulverulenta USDA Hardiness Zones: 8 to 11 Size: 1 foot tall and 22 inches wide Conditions: Full sun; sandy, well-drained soil A drought-tolerant California…