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Like a perfect white shirt or a string of pearls, white gardens exude a timeless charm. They're classically elegant and never seem to go out of style. If you're looking to spruce up your property or try something new this year,...
Great Design Plant: California Buckwheat Pleases Pollinators
Of all the plants you could put in a native garden, buckwheat is a must. There are many species of buckwheat available. In the California garden, clusters of pink to cream flowers of California buckwheat are a huge hit with many pollinators,...
Great Design Plant: Ceanothus Pleases With Nectar and Fragrant Blooms
The evergreen wild lilac (Ceanothus sp) is one of a handful of distinctive and iconic plants native to the U.S. West Coast. Nearly impossible to grow outside of California, Oregon and Washington, it thrives where summers are hot and dry and...
Great Native Plant: Grow Wild Quinine for Its Unique Clusters of Blooms
Most wild plants aren’t that spectacular; anything you see in a nursery is often an exception to the rule and a slight misrepresentation of the real world. If you’re a plant collector, seeking out something a bit different that no one else has, you...
Great Design Plant: Blackfoot Daisy for Prettier Dry Ground
Daisies will brighten up any landscape, and blackfoot daisy is no exception. Despite its fragile appearance, this low-growing perennial flourishes with little water in areas that experience bitter-cold winters, while also thriving in hot, dry desert...
Great Design Plant: Snowdrops Offer a Spring Peek
Common snowdrop is one of the first bulbs to appear, and it’s blooming now in areas where winters are mild. Over the next few weeks, more will begin appearing in gardens as the days lengthen and the temperatures moderate. These diminutive cold-hardy...
Great Design Plant: Evergreen Candytuft for Glossy Winter Foliage
Hues of brown and gray predominate in the winter garden, so a peek of green now and then is most welcome. Evergreen candytuft is a perennial — technically a woody subshrub — that maintains its neat, low mound of dark, glossy green foliage throughout...
Treat Yourself to Spring Blooms in Winter
Forcing bulbs indoors is an easy way to enjoy spring blooms in winter. Almost any spring bulb can be forced indoors. Forcing is a widely used term which means you are fast forwarding their growing cycle to bloom in winter. Paperwhites, also called Narcissus...
Great Design Plant: Downy Serviceberry
The downy serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea) is an ornamental tree that changes dramatically yet gracefully with the seasons, providing year-round interest. Even when stripped of leaves during winter, its stunning gray bark and multi-stemmed sculptural...
Great Design Plant: Coastal Sweet Pepperbush Perfumes Gardens All Year
Put fragrant plants near a walkway or patio, and you instantly add a whole new dimension, making functional spaces feel more enticing with scent. You'll want to linger longer outdoors if you've got coastal sweet pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia) perfuming...
Great Design Plant: Glossy Abelia for Year-Round Beauty
This underused shrub deserves a place in every garden. Its glossy foliage reflects light so that on a sunny day the shrub seems to be sprinkled with fairy dust. But the leaves are only part of its appeal. Fragrant flowers cover these arching canes for...
Great Design Plant: Wildlife-Loving Dwarf Fothergilla Blazes in Fall
My property is certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, and many of the plants in it attract beneficial pollinators and support insect larvae. One of the standouts is native fothergilla, a...
Great Design Plant: Towering Colewort Adds Playful Drama
Imagine baby's breath (Gypsophila spp) on steroids; that's colewort. The oversize foliage and towering inflorescence evoke a fun sense of the tropics for gardeners in colder, drier climes. Colewort, also referred to as giant crambe, is a plant...
Great Design Plant: Retreat to the Shade of Hardy Catalpa
Bold and beautiful, hardy catalpa takes a big commitment of space and energy to maintain, but the payoff is worth it. Large, fragrant flowers cover the tree in early summer, and the big heart-shaped leaves provide dense, cooling shade. Winter interest?...
Great Design Plant: Bush Anemone
Bush anemone (Carpenteria californica) grows wild in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Fresno County, California, while the equally lovely ‘Elizabeth’ cultivar (Carpenteria californica 'Elizabeth') brightens the shade of California gardens....
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