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What You Need To Know About Dividing Perennials in October

Written by Susan B. Perennials are every gardener’s best plant friend. After you plant them, provided you care for them properly, you can count on them to come back every year. Being able to count on having your plants come back year after year isn’t the only benefit you get from growing perennials. Most of […]

October To-Do List For Your Southern California Garden

Written by Susan B. October is when Southern California gardeners continue their summer garden cleanup, fall planting of cool weather and winter crops, and continue with seasonal garden maintenance chores. Our magnificent climate allows us to enjoy the beauty and bounty of our gardens all year long. Whether you’re uncertain about what you should do […]

Flax Lily – Dianella

By Richard Flowers, ACCNP-Green Thumb Nursery-Ventura Imagine having a plant that is tough, takes a wide variety of water regimens, easy care, durable, and not fussy, then Flax Lily could be your answer. Flax Lily grows well with just about any gardening application from rock gardens, containers, with palms, succulents, shady locations, sunny areas, under […]

Buying Bulbs in October for Southern California Gardens

Written by Susan B. The mild weather we experience here in Southern California makes it impossible for some bulbs to benefit from cold temperatures while they are in the ground. But there are ways we can simulate those conditions so we can grow traditional spring-blooming bulbs like tulips. But we can also grow flowering bulbs […]

Winter Is Coming-Prepare Fruit Trees Now To Go Dormant

By Richard Flowers, ACCNP-Green Thumb Nursery-Ventura Winter will be here before you know it and certain fruit trees need to lose all their leaves as one of the main requirements to set a quality crop of fruit the following season. If you have Apples, Apricots, Plums, Pears, Peaches, Cherries, Nectarines, Persimmons, Figs, Pomegranates, and Nuts […]

September To-Do List For Your Southern California Garden

Written by Susan B. September may conjure mental images of hot spiced apple cider, earthy Autumnal colors, and crisp air, and shorter days, but Southern California isn’t like the rest of the country. We’ll continue to enjoy warm weather, and our gardens will continue to feed our stomachs with food crops and our eyes with […]

California Native Plants: What They Are and Why You should Plant Them

Written by Susan B. Before we can talk about California native plants, we need to define the concept. Native plants are indigenous plants. They are plants whose origin is often impossible to trace, but they’ve likely been growing in the region for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Native plants are native because we don’t […]

How to Use Plants to Bring Fall Color to Your Deck, Patio, or Porch

Written by Susan B. Fall is the season for vibrant and earthy colors. It combines the colors of the harvest and the colors of the leaves of falling leaves on deciduous trees. The way Californians experience the season may differ vastly from the way New Englanders experience it at the opposite end of the country. […]

What You Need to Know When Choosing Sod for Your Property

Written by Susan B. As Southern California residents, we value our climate and the outdoor lifestyle it affords us. We spend a lot of time thinking about and planning before we choose plants and flowers for our gardens. And we understand the importance of curb appeal when we’re thinking about landscaping for the front of […]