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Specializing in colorful, water-conserving gardens

Specializing in colorful, water-conserving gardens

10 Great Succulents

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Succulents. They’re not just for dry, desert gardens anymore. Maybe they never were. But they’re definitely exploding in popularity in gardens everywhere. And they’re no longer relegated to the cactus sections at garden centers and specialty nurseries. Instead, you can find them alongside traditional shrubs, perennials and ground covers. Even at big box stores, the once hard-to-find plants are featured front and center. At Home In general, succulents are easy to grow, and even easier to ignore. They’re not susceptible to most pests or diseases, and require watering […]

New Gardening Books

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With each spring comes a procession of new gardening books, ready to inspire gardeners everywhere. Too often, the pickings are slim for those of us who tend plants on the Central Coast. But this year is a happy exception, with the following books offering wisdom that’s suitable for gardening in our mild, Mediterranean climate. Water-Wise Plants for the Southwest Nan Sterman, Mary Irish, Judith Phillips and Joe Lamp’l, Cool Springs Press The cover photo may feature a grouping of cactus and succulents that is likely to be more […]

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