Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

March, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Red and Pink Everblooming Hydrangeas

National News

Many gardeners in Northern climates have been enjoying the blue hydrangea ‘Endless Summer’ for a few years. Unlike most mophead hydrangeas ( Hydrangea macrophylla ), ‘Endless Summer’ blooms on new...

Dual-Use Water Nozzle

It’s time to start watering lawns and gardens. While conventional water nozzles produce a pressurized stream of water that’s good for washing cars and driveways, they aren’t the best for watering...

Unique Double-Flowered Hostas

Hostas are one of the most popular shade perennials. They’re carefree and easy to grow, and not only are there many variations of leaf color and pattern, the flowers on many varieties are...

Avoid Cypress Mulch

Hurricane Katrina’s destruction on the gulf coast extends beyond the houses and streets of New Orleans. It’s estimated that more than 64,000 acres of mature cypress forest was wiped out in the...

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In the Garden

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Growing Fruit Trees

The weather from now through June is ideal for planting citrus, avocado, kiwi, kumquat, and pomegranate, and other tender trees. In frost-free areas, also try cherimoya, guava, mango, and passion fruit. For containers, be sure to choose dwarf...
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Resources

Favorite or New Plant

Perennials for Dry and Moist Conditions Perennials with great tolerance for drought include achillea, anaphalis, artemisia,...

Clever Gardening Technique

Separating Seedlings An old fork or spoon will separate and lift seedlings gently from flats, and the handle (or...
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Regional Reminders

  • Handle Seedlings Gently
  • Pluck Strawberry Blossoms
  • Harvesting Asparagus
  • Pruning Fuchsias
  • Fertilize Everything

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