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Southern California Regional Reports

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    The Right Way to Cut Back Grasses

    Wispy, billowy, airy, feathery, wavy—these are just some of the words we use to describe ornamental grasses. So often, though, grasses are stripped of all these adjectives by incorrect trimming.…

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    Southern California: February Garden To-Do List

    It’s Valentine’s Day month, so plant something red! Or gift a red plant to your significant other. This Super Red® aloe (Aloe ‘LEO 3711’, Zones 9–11) has glorious dark red…

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    Plants for a Therapeutic Garden

    Gardens provide us with sanctuaries from the outside world and its stresses. A garden is a healing space, as the simple act of being in a garden makes us feel better.…

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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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    Garden Hose Review

    As we convert our thirsty lawns to more California-friendly gardens, all sorts of wonderful things happen. What most often occurs is that a large, flat expanse that was watered with…

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    Southern California: December Garden To-Do List

    Bring in clippings of winter greens such as juniper (Juniperus spp. and cvs., Zones 2–10), toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia, Zones 7–10), and pine (Pinus spp. and cvs., Zones 2–9) to celebrate…

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    Regional Picks: Showy Shrubs – California

    1. Yellow Bells Tecoma stans Zones: 7–11 Size: 6 to 20 feet tall and 5 to 15 feet wide (grows smaller in inland areas) Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil Native…

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    Gardening Gift Ideas 2019 for Southern California Gardeners

    If there is one thing I love as much as gardening, it’s shopping. At the risk of bragging, I will tell you that I am a very good shopper and…

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    Reflecting on Mirror Plants

    The mirror plant (Coprosma spp. and cvs., Zones 8–11) has several stunning varieties, but they all share some characteristics, foremost being that they are colorful plants native to the coastal…

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    Southern California: November Garden To-Do List

    Plant trees, shrubs, and perennials in order to take advantage of California’s limited rainfall. Use your hula hoe to get a jump on weed seeds germinating after the first rains.…

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