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    Pollinator Plants for California

    Whether you have the space to create an expansive, pollinator-friendly landscape or just enough room to pot up a couple plants that are pollinator favorites, we can all do our…

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    Gardening in Altadena Meadows

    Today we’re in Altadena Meadows, California, visiting Andrea Donnellan’s beautiful garden. This is a space she created with the designer Arturo Pedroza. He designed the garden and put in the…

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    Wayne’s California Garden

    Today we’re headed to Newbury Park, California, to visit with Wayne Jones, who has been gardening there for 30 years. Wayne’s mother was a very impressive gardener, and he is…

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    Shade-Loving Shrubs for California

    Finding interesting plants for shade can be a struggle, but when you add in the desire for that plant to be a woody shrub, the list narrows even more. But…

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    Tracy’s Dry Garden in California

    Hi! I'm Tracy, gardening in the East Bay, California, Zone 9b. I've done 100% of the planting here; the space behind the house was just a pile of mud when…

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    Favorite Plants Improved for Your Region

    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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    4 Outstanding Spring Plants for California

    We all have certain plants that immediately come to mind when thinking of a garden in spring. For many, these are daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths skirting the trunks of flowering magnolias,…

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    A Drought-Tolerant California Garden

    Today's photos come from Stephen Katcher. I am writing to share some pictures of my garden in Studio City, California. I live with my wife of twenty years, our two…

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    Regional Picks: Shrubs for Shade – Southern California

    Shade in the garden might seem like a limitation, but the seasoned gardener knows this is just an opportunity to utilize plants that would wilt in a sunny spot. As…

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    Rebuilding a Garden After a Fire

    Today’s photos come from Carol Cowee. Her images remind us to cherish the beauty of our gardens and inspire us to rebuild when disaster strikes. This was my garden of…