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New Plants for 2015

High Country Gardens has introduced its 2015 plant varieties that thrive in a wide variety of growing conditions. “The plants we offer celebrate the concept that landscape and garden plants should reflect the natural beauty and growing conditions of each local climate,” says David Salman, chief horticulturist. Here are five that work well in San Diego.

Bring Mustard to the Mix

At The Red Door Family Garden, we grow produce for The Red Door Restaurant and Wine Bar and The Wellington Steak and Martini Lounge. With San Diego’s mild weather and year-round growing climate, it’s tempting to plant well-known vegetables back-to-back for 12 months.

Bare-Root Strawberries

In San Diego, December is the best time to plant bare-root strawberries for a sweet spring harvest.

Garden Up!

“Living art” is Jim Mumford’s apt description for the vertical walls of greenery he and his San Diego firm, Good Earth Plant Co., have installed in dozens of homes, restaurants and offices around the Southland.

Eco-friendly Approaches Revolutionize Landscaping

The trend toward sustainability in backyard vegetable gardens is becoming a major force in ornamental landscaping as well.

Landscape to Save Water

While some residents are removing entire lawns to reduce water use, others are shrinking the footprint of their grass and retaining areas that are most important to them. Here are some water-saving tips for all landscapes.

Welcome Butterflies

Butterflies inside the Water Conservation Garden’s new Dorcas E. Utter Pavilion seem to pose as they light on flowers to sip nectar. Since the pavilion opened in April, home gardeners regularly stop by hoping to learn how to attract some of these same butterflies — Monarchs, Gulf Fritillaries, Painted Ladies, Buckeyes and more — to their back yards throughout the seasons.

Your August Garden

Now is a good time to take a serious look at your garden to determine any changes that you may want to make during cooler months. With longer days and increased heat, August is the time of year when your garden is stressed the most.

Butterfly Bonanza

Carolyn Barber of Hot House Flowers, an eco-friendly, full-service floral studio in La Mesa, says that whether you have a large patch of land or just a small area for pots, you can attract and support butterflies. Read on for her tips to create a butterfly garden.

Fire-Resistant Succulents

The May wildfires were a stark reminder that we live in a sea of combustible fuel. Landscape-sized succulents are an excellent resource for defining zones and creating fire breaks.

Water-Conserving Yards

Here is a menu of suggestions, from easiest to most difficult and from least expensive to most costly, that you can incorporate into your own landscaping.

Retaining Wall Basics

Retaining walls make it is possible to create a dynamic backyard retreat. Here are some things to review when deciding on your retaining wall.

Five Ways to Soften Your Hardscape

The defined lines and bold look of pavers create a sense of organization and order that is a welcome addition to any garden. This can be achieved with the right combination of plants, which will highlight your hardscape by creating a colorful contrast of textures. Just a few of many, these five plant options are a good start toward “painting” your landscape with soft, natural colors.

Rose Pruning

As the universal symbol of love and beauty, the rose enjoys widespread popularity. Here are the 10 biggest mistakes people make when pruning roses.

Accent With Concrete Pavers

Concrete pavers’ affordability and durability make them a smart choice. And with the great variety of colors being offered, concrete pavers can be a powerful design element for your exterior. Here are a few ideas to consider when choosing paver color.

The Role of Shrubs

As a landscape designer, I consider shrubs to be the backbone of good design for the exterior of a home. Here are a variety of significant roles that shrubs play.

Reduce Garden Pests Naturally

Here are tips from Monrovia that home gardeners can incorporate to reduce or eliminate the need for pesticides and herbicides.

Focus on Color

An Encinitas property awash in a rainbow of flowers is picture-perfect Six million blossoms — that’s Ralph Peters’ approximation for the number of flowers that carpet his Encinitas garden every spring.

Keys to a Fruitful Garden

Save money in the long run and give yourself a garden space that you’ll enjoy for years to come by taking care of the three basic foundations needed for a successful landscape: good drainage, soil and irrigation.

6 Apps to Add to Your Gardening Toolkit

From the beginner gardener to the master horticulturist, there are mobile apps galore for gardening enthusiasts of all experience levels. After weeding through many of these apps, AT&T San Diego has compiled a list to help you bring your garden to new heights.
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