These are my garden must haves for a healthy garden when the valley heats up again!
Farmer’s Tip – Plant shrubs and trees now, while the weather is perfect to ensure a healthy well rooted plant before next year’s heat. Your plants will also be taking advantage of any rain that comes our way this winter!
Gaillardia (Blanket Flower)- Beautiful color all summer! These flowers reseed themselves but I haven’t found them to be invasive.
Salvia Greggii-Lots of colors to choose from! The color pictured is called “Hot Lips.” Fast grower that does well when nurtured or neglected. Hungry Hummingbirds love this plant. If you plant it, they will come…
Feijoa (Pineapple Guava)- Get a multi-trunk tree to add structural interest to your yard!
Schinus (California Pepper)- The look of a willow tree without being a water waster! You will see some of these well-established trees along the freeway where there is no irrigation!
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If you love the look of sod but dislike the maintenance, try these water wise alternatives to keep you loving your field of greens…
I’ll admit that I do love the look of sod…but I don’t enjoy wasting water, fixing lawn mower blades, lifting heavy lawn mower bags, edging and fighting gophers over lawn territory. Well, guess what, we have other options! There are California friendly grasses that are water wise and look beautiful when planted in masses to fill small and large areas in your yard.
Some are low growing and others are taller with more pronounced blades.
The Greenery even has evergreen varieties to keep your lawn area looking beautiful year round without all the maintenance that typically comes with owning a lawn. While the weather is still cool and the skies are blue, now is the time to establish your lawn areas.
Set the trend in your neighborhood with these new stylish pots.
A few weeks ago I wrote a blog called “Potted Paradise” that talked about filling un-plantable areas in your yard with potted plants. Well, just recently I was walking through the Greenery and felt compelled to take pictures and show you the trend-setting stylish pots that I saw.
This style will give so much old world charm to your yard, it will inspire you to invite family and friends over for a European inspired dinner party…
These contemporary pots will make all the color in your yard “pop” when paired with this clean, white, glossy glaze. It will certainly be a stylish addition to any cocktail party or happy hour in your backyard!
Add organic color and texture to your boring patio and you will certainly enjoy those outdoor summer nights forevermore!
I know that pots can be pricey, but think of them as furniture for your yard. They can set the mood and style of your yard AND don’t forget that you can always take them with you if you move!
These rain chains will add curb appeal and the ability to catch all this wonderful rain for future use in your yard! Wherever you hang this chain, place a large container underneath it and it will guide all this needed water into the container for future use in your garden. Add beauty and save water for your yard with no extra work? Uh, yes please!
I had no idea that yard art could also be functional!
A tree that inspires us to get ready for spring…
Open your eyes as you drive around town and you will notice more and more of these breathtaking trees. They are called Teacup or Saucer Magnolias because of their large teacup blooms that eventually open up to be saucer sized flowers that cover the tree with springtime joy. I would definitely call this a “specimen” tree that should be used as a focal point in your garden landscape. There are a few different varieties available that vary in size and flower color but ANY variety is definitely worth planting! If you don’t have room for a large tree, then plant one of the smaller varieties. I highly recommend planting them in a spot that you can view from a window inside your house because it will inspire and entice you to get outside and enjoy the onset of spring!
Now is the perfect time to get started with seeds! Start your tomato, eggplant and pepper seeds indoors, and your beet and carrot seeds out in your garden right now.
Here’s what you’ll need: (more…)
These showy plants start blooming early to give us a break from the drab winter landscape.
This time of year, I’m starting to get a little antsy to see new growth, a change of color and scenery. I guess you could say I’m getting impatient for impatiens. I found out there’s no need to be hasty and plant annuals that aren’t quite ready for planting. Check out these varieties that will get you excited about this time of year!
This Scarlet Quince makes a beautiful cut flower arrangement to enjoy indoors! Photo Credit: Proven Winners
When purchasing plants, it is our natural instinct to smell it before buying it. We all enjoy smells for different reasons, whether it’s a nostalgic smell from our childhood or simply a smell that reminds us what time of year it is. If there is a certain scent that sends your smelling sense soaring, then start planting!
Tip – Plant quite a few plants and group them together by variety in order to fill your yard with a powerful punch of sweet aroma.
Here are some seriously stimulating scented shrubs worth smelling (and planting):
Osmanthus; Evergreen shrub that blooms in late summer or early fall. Photo Credit: Monrovia
Philadelphus (Mock Orange); Large shrub that blooms in spring. Photo Credit: Monrovia
Gardenia; Small evergreen shrub that blooms spring to summer. Photo Credit: First Editions
Lavender; Evergreen shrub that blooms spring to summer. Photo Credit: Me