Neon colors, black and white, and mixed annual combos in containers are trends for 2014, as predicted by the folks at HGTV Home and the HGTV Home Plant Collection. It is touted that these trends provide sufficient plant choices to cover every fad and fashionable step a garden guru may take.
Every gardener knows that succulents are not only trendy, but also low maintenance and water wise. They adapt beautifully to our Mediterranean climate and will flourish in just about any soil. As a designer, I am always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to feature succulents in my clients’ gardens and landscapes.
Believe it or not, one of the simplest aspects of gardening — watering your plants — is often the most difficult to master. More water is not always a good thing in the garden. Sometimes people drown their plants beyond recovery. Knowing when and how to water, as well as the signs of under- and overwatering, are key to avoiding one of the most common plant problems you’re likely to encounter.
One sign that really pushes home the fact that spring is on its way is the waking rose. To make the most of your roses, these tweaks, in three easy steps, are designed to bring on a glorious summer-long display.
In the Southern California landscape, February is the beginning of new growth and a month of transition. Although frosts are possible, they’re improbable. Now is a good time to decide on any garden changes you want to make this year. Review your notes of what did and didn’t do well last year and plan accordingly. Consider introducing a new plant to your garden. There are a number of novel perennial and vegetable varieties available now.
Good soil is the key to healthy fruits and vegetables, and compost is the key to fertile soil. Whether you make compost at home or purchase it from a reliable source, it will improve soil structure and aeration, increase the soil’s water-holding capacity, add beneficial microorganisms (which convert nutrients into a more available form for plants) and infuse soil with natural antibiotics.