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    Perfect Plants for a Heavenly Hellstrip in Northern California

    Reflected heat, passing foot traffic, poor soil, restricted space, and irrigation obstacles are just a few of the challenges faced by any plant grown in a “hellstrip.” This spot is…

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    Winter in Arizona

    Today’s post is from Melissa Grosso in Fountain Hills, Arizona. We’ve visited her garden before and even had a chance to visit her sister’s garden in California. Today she is…

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    Design a Water-Wise Garden

    Being more conscious of the water used in gardens is not a responsibility left only to those who experience extreme droughts. If you live in an area that gets regular…

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    South African Standouts for Southern California

    South Africa has a few similarities with Southern California. Both are hot spots of biodiversity. South Africa, like California, is recognized as a floristic province. That means that both have…

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    Southern California Picks for a Drought-Tolerant Cutting Garden

    I love traditional plants for a cutting garden such as roses, lilies (Lilium spp. and cvs., Zones 3–9), hydrangeas (Hydrangea spp. and cvs., Zones 4–9), and Peruvian lilies (Alstroemeria spp.…

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    Drought-Tolerant Trees for the Northern Plains

    The heat and winds of summer in the Northern Plains can wreak havoc on plant life, especially to nonnative species. Sometimes it seems like summer rains fall everywhere except where…

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    Drought-Tolerant Shade Perennials for Northern California

    Dry-shade gardening might sound like a challenging proposition, but there's an outstanding array of choices available to water-wise gardeners looking to add perennial color and textural diversity to shadier spots…

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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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    Drought-Tolerant Plants and Design Strategies for the Southern Plains

    Ask any Texas gardener about the summer of 2011 and you are likely to get a loud groan followed by several lamentations. A year of extreme drought, 2011 brought many…

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    Drought-Tolerant Ornamental Grasses

    Ornamental grasses come in different heights, habits, forms, and colors—from low-growing, tidy tufts and arching mid-height mounds to tall, towering, back-of-the-border beauties. They differ in light, soil, water, and care…