Houseplants not only add beauty indoors, but also improve the health of our environments by releasing oxygen, reducing dust particles and absorbing pollutants in the air. The peaceful Zen feeling they bring can reduce stress. Here are some of our favorite houseplants.
Spare yourself a disappointing spring by testing the viability of the older seeds in your collection before planting time. Month-by-Month Gardening California provides this simple procedure to calculate the germination rate, requiring nothing more than a paper towel, water and a plastic bag.
You’ve probably heard by now that bees in the United States are disappearing. The following tips will help you create a beautiful garden that is helpful to bees and other beneficial insects.
A new year, especially one in the midst of a drought, calls for gardening resolutions. Here are three easy-to-keep vows.
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.
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.
In San Diego, December is the best time to plant bare-root strawberries for a sweet spring harvest.
“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.
The trend toward sustainability in backyard vegetable gardens is becoming a major force in ornamental landscaping as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 walls make it is possible to create a dynamic backyard retreat. Here are some things to review when deciding on your retaining wall.
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.
As the universal symbol of love and beauty, the rose enjoys widespread popularity. Here are the 10 biggest mistakes people make when pruning roses.
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.
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.