northern california

  • growing garlic
    How-To

    Tips and Tricks for Growing Garlic

    If you’ve been to a farmer’s market this July and August, no doubt you have feasted your eyes on gorgeous bulbs of garlic, freshly pulled from the earth just weeks…

  • University of California Botanical Gardens sign
    Design

    A Summer Tour of the University of California Botanical Gardens

    One of the most diverse landscapes you’ll ever visit, the University of California Botanical Gardens were originally established in 1890 in order to create a living collection of the native…

  • growing roses in containers
    Design

    Tips for Growing Roses in Containers

    Velvety petals, pleasing forms, spectacular colors, and intoxicating fragrances make roses the loveliest flowers a gardener can grow. Roses are simply gorgeous adorning the flower garden and are even more…

  • bush clematis
    Article

    The Best Bush Clematis for Northern California

    There is extraordinary diversity within Clematis, including an outstanding array of growth habits, foliage types, flower colors, and bloom sizes to marvel at. But go beyond the tried-and-true familiars to…

  • dahlias for pollinators
    Design

    The Best Dahlias for Pollinators in Northern California

    Growing and maintaining a healthy pollinator garden begins with a commitment to organic practices (including complete avoidance of pesticides) and to supplying year-round nourishment for your garden's beneficial insects. From…

  • garden in full bloom with lots of different color
    Design

    Revisiting Tracy’s Garden

    We visited Tracy’s beautiful East Bay, California, garden last week, where we focused on her dry garden plantings of cacti, succulents, and other plants that thrive without supplemental water. Today…

  • Regional Parks Botanical Gardens
    Design

    Take a Tour of a Botanical Garden Filled With California Native Plants

    Founded in 1940 and located within Tilden Park in the canyon above Berkeley, California, a wild, 10-acre botanical garden awaits your discovery. Created to serve as a living museum of…

  • cherry tomatoes
    Kitchen Gardening

    Tips to Grow Better Cherry Tomatoes in Northern California

    Though technically a fruit, the tomato is the most popular homegrown vegetable, with thousands of tasty varieties available for the kitchen gardener to choose from. Tomatoes can range from big…

  • Heucheras in a variety of colors
    Design

    The Best Heucheras for Northern California

    Long appreciated for their airy blooms and charming, carefree nature, native heucheras (Heuchera spp. and cvs., Zones 4–9) were gleaned from their mountain and woodland habitats many years ago to…

  • hellstrip garden
    Design

    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…