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Gardening

Married 49 years, an Oceanside couple shares the joy of work and music in their garden

Alpine homeowners turn ‘Fallow Acres’ into a habitat enjoyed by butterflies, birds and bees

A portrait painter exhibits a talent for landscaping in her Carlsbad yard

Cottage-garden favorites — including feverfew, hummingbird mint, lamb’s ears, poppies and Mexican marigolds — sprawl behind boxwood hedges.

Point Loma homeowners create surroundings fit for a home inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

Point Loma homeowners create surroundings fit for a home inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

Weird & Wonderful

A Del Mar gardener treasures exotic natural elements, including a plant that bears only two leaves in its 1,000-year lifespan

Finders Keepers

A La Jolla homeowner gives her back yard personality with salvaged goods

Copying Results in an Original

Invitation to a View

A veteran landscaper helps a Rancho Santa Fe couple bring beauty from the curb to mountain and golf course backdrops

Nature and Nurture

A home garden in Encinitas also thrives as a therapeutic retreat for artists

A Peaceful Space

Retirees move from Orange County to Fallbrook and create garden rooms on 2.8 acres

August Garden Planner

When summer sizzles, gardeners get a holiday. Confine chores to cool mornings, and then spend afternoons enjoying outdoor life around the pool and patio. When soaring temperatures stress plants and elevate wildfire danger, make necessary irrigation adjustments. Strolls around the garden provide an opportunity to look ahead to fall planting season.

Personal Triumph

A deck is one of many vantage points for viewing the canyon garden, which includes a growing number of succulents

Grounded and Centered

A former avocado orchard in Fallbrook plays with formal and informal spaces, color, shapes and texture. Here, a stacked flagstone fountain is the centerpiece of a rock patio, surrounded by layers of Mexican feather grass, bougainvillea, roses and succulents.

June Garden Planner

Gardeners take advantage of June’s seasonal overcast to work outdoors. There’s plenty to admire in gardens now, from the last daffodil to the first cherry tomato, and plenty to do before summer. Finish any plantings, adjust irrigation and renew moisture-holding mulch. Save time to visit the San Diego County Fair to enjoy display gardens that inspire.

Native Plant Trio

After wandering through Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, I was intrigued by a trio of native plants that I noted for their beauty, versatility and design interest. Here is information on each of them.

Rose Bugs

Roses are fair game for pests and diseases. Here are some of the most common ailments and how to rein them in.

April Garden Planner

Spring is the best season in San Diego gardens. Warmer weather beckons everyone outside to delight in flowers, fragrance, and flitting birds and butterflies. Gardeners wrap up planting and mulching tasks to keep gardens glorious and productive summer through fall.

How to Grow Lifesaver Plants

Huernia zebrina looks like somebody glued Lifesaver candies to it, but Mother Nature did it all on her own. Despite the fact that its leaves resemble cactus spines, this member of the milkweed family is not a cactus. Yellow, starfish-shaped flowers are striped with fine, reddish lines and a big, red Lifesaver candy-like middle. This low-grower, also known as a Lifesaver plant, is fun for all ages to grow.

Taming the Ups and Downs

Horticulturist Kate Sessions often gets credit for the early landscape behind Ellen Preston’s historic Mission Hills home. After extensive research on the 1913 bungalow perched on a steep canyon edge, Ellen concluded, “It’s probably an urban legend.

Bee Friendly

As you’ve likely heard, bees’ numbers are in decline, and they need our support. Fortunately, sowing a few tiny seeds can make a big difference. Growing bee-attracting plants in your garden not only provides them with quality food, but also aids in production of vegetables like squash and cucumbers, which rely on bees for pollination. Here are some plants to try.
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