Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Five Steps to Bulb Planting Success

National News

The best time to plant spring bulbs depends on where you live. Ideally, wait until the soil temperature is below 60°F. As a general guide, plant in September through early October if you live in...

Fall Cleanup Q and A

Cutting Back Perennials Question: After the first frost, should I cut back the flower stalks on my perennials? Or is it best to leave them as is and cut them back in the spring?...

Shrub Dogwood Trials

Shrub forms of dogwood (Cornus) make excellent landscape plants and are widely used by landscapers around the country. They are known for their green or variegated foliage, attractive flowers and...

New Variegated Hedge Plant

If you’re looking for a tough shrub to plant this fall that provides beauty, versatility, and low maintenance, consider the variegated beauty briar ( Eleutherococcus sieboldianus ‘variegatus’)....

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In the Garden


Gardening for Health

Gardening is a perfect mix of physical and mental health and wellness. It lends itself to an infinite variety of activities, plants, attention levels, and involvement. Whether you're filling little pots with potting mix or digging in the garden,...
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Shows & Events

Annual Fall Plant Sale Quail Botanical Garden's oldest tradition and biggest fundraiser -- their annual fall plant sale...

Clever Gardening Technique

Paring Transplants and Weeds Use an old paring or putty knife to cut transplants out of a flat, weeds out of the soil, or to...
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Regional Reminders

  • Protect Tender Plants
  • Plant Fall Broccoli
  • Harvest Pumpkins, Squash, and Gourds
  • Feed Subtropicals
  • Give Roses a Last Trimming

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