California Gardening 150 Ideabooks
Yep, it has been another dry winter for California, the second in a row — from San Diego, 40 percent below normal rainfall, to Eureka, 20 percent below. You know the story if you've been around California for a while in the last 35-plus years. We've gone through three major droughts — including one that is the worst...
California Gardener's May Checklist
Only one major chore but a plethora of planting possibilities means a delightful month in California gardens
Nature tells us that the California spring is over by May, especially after another dry winter. Look for the wildflower clarkia in the brown hills. Its common name says it all: farewell to spring. But it's not a sad time at all. May brings roses...
California Gardener's June Checklist
California Gardener's July Checklist
Bite into tree-fresh apricots, inhale delightful garden perfumes and continue planting vegetables for a late-summer harvest
This time of year I wake up thinking about watering — sometimes, though, about the Giants game the night before, or Mad Men if it's Monday. True, most of California has had hardly any rain since last Christmas, but instead of obsessing about...
California Gardener's August Checklist
Pick up some great ideas from these travel-inspired plantings, even if your vacation is in your own backyard
California Gardener's September Checklist
Planting opportunities abound this month: perennials, lawns, wildflowers and more. Our primer covers 'em all
Northern California Gardener's October Checklist
It's still a great time to plant flowers, vegetables and even bulbs in California gardens this month, thanks to predictably mild weather
Southern California Gardener's October Checklist
Get planting happy this month — so many natives, bulbs, cool-season flowers and vegetable crops to choose from, so little time ...
California Gardener's November Checklist
In a season of traditions, let's take advantage of California's familiar — as well as quirky — planting opportunities
California Gardener's December Checklist
Let California's version of holly brighten the winter landscape — or consider another holiday performer from the whole host of choices
Rudbeckia Mania: Go Beyond Black-Eyed Susan in the Garden
Branch out from typical nursery fare, with lesser-known Rudbeckia species that have delightfully unexpected features
Great Design Plant: Sunrose Dazzles on Dry Slopes
Great Design Plant: Desert Marigold Cheers Up Hot, Dry Areas
Great Design Plant: Winter Jasmine Gladdens Snowy Gardens
Great Design Plant: Ocotillo for High-Reaching Flair
Add a dramatic accent to a dry landscape with this striking desert plant silhouetted against the sky