Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Build a Rain Garden

National News

Storm water runoff can be a big problem in summer during heavy thunderstorms. As the water rushes across roofs and driveways, it picks up oil and other pollutants. Municipal storm water treatment...

A Different Lamb's Ears

When you say lamb’s ears ( Stachys byzantina ), most flower gardeners think of the perennial with silvery white, wooly foliage and purple flower spikes. However, there is another version of lamb’s...

All About Watermelons

There is nothing that says “summertime” like fresh watermelon. If you’re looking for more ways to use watermelons in recipes, as decorations, or in activities with your kids, check out the...

New False Aster

Boltonia is a flower in the aster family that blooms in late summer. A North American native, boltonia produces masses of white, pink, or violet flowers, depending on the variety. This perennial...

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In the Garden


Blooming Shrubs

If walkways and walls are the backbone of your garden, then the shrubs and trees are the muscles. Why have just plain green bushes when you can plan your garden so there is something blooming throughout the entire year? Here in northern California...
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Shows & Events

San Francisco Botanical Garden's 50th Anniversary San Francisco Botanical Garden will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a Garden Party and...

Favorite or New Plant

Fringe Tree The fringe tree (Chionanthus) requires some winter chill, so it's perfect if you live away from...
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Regional Reminders

  • Cut Back Rangy Annuals
  • Fertilize Citrus
  • Spread Mulch
  • Fertilize Cymbidiums
  • Harvest Lavender

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