Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Best New Flowers

National News

Every spring, garden centers are filled with new varieties of brightly colored annual flowers. Here are some of the best new choices available for planting this year. ‘Zowie! Yellow Flame’...

Organic Rules?

When does "organic" not mean "organic?" When the labels aren’t clear. The growth in the organic food industry continues to climb at about 20 percent per year. However, when shopping for organic...

New Red-Leaved Peach

Fruit trees are not usually known for their ornamental foliage, but this new dwarf peach is an eye-catcher in any yard. ‘Bonfire’ ornamental peach ( Prunus persica ‘Bonfire’) has long, thin dark...

New Environmentally Friendly Wood Treatment

Wood pressure-treated with CCA has been pulled from the market for its leaching of toxic chemicals into the environment. Substitutes such as recycled plastic wood and wood pressure-treated with...

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In the Garden


The Mysterious Hydrangea

I get more questions about hydrangeas than almost any other plant. Ok, the Ficus benjamina is Number 1, but the hydrangea comes in a very close second. I guess the mystery of this plant is why do two hydrangeas, planted in the same general area...
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Shows & Events

Lunar New Year Plant Sale Don't miss the Lunar New Year Plant Sale on January 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the San Francisco...


Landscape Basics Dig This! Landscaping Without a Back Hoe or a Big Budget for Northern California and Beyond , by...
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Regional Reminders

  • Sharpen Pruning Tools
  • Groom Primroses
  • Cultivate Soil
  • Caring for Daphnes
  • Clean Under Camellias

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