Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Pink-Edged Sea Holly

National News

Sea holly ( Eryngium spp.) is a sun-loving, easy-to-grow perennial that’s hardy in USDA zones 5 to 8. It features 3-foot-tall flower stalks topped with spiny, silvery blue flower heads. The...

A Shovel With Attitude

The Kombi shovel is described as a “shovel with attitude.” One look at it makes you see why. It looks more like a medieval weapon than a garden tool. The Kombi has sharp, deeply serrated edges on...

New Multicolored Dahlia

Dahlias come in a wide variety of colors that gardeners combine to produce a multicolored effect. Now a new variety offers multiple colors on one plant. ‘Changing Colors’ dahlia features flowers...

Best Grass for Low-Nitrogen Lawns

Lawns are ubiquitous in the United States, and most homeowners fertilize their lawns at least once a year, usually with a high-nitrogen product. This has raised environmental concerns because...

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In the Garden


Winter Gardening

As I sit shivering at my desk, I'm thinking about all those wonderful winter days I spent outside as a gardener for hire. Gardens are lonely places in February, although there are many chores to be done. Pulling the ever-present weeds, cultivating the...
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California Gardener's Guide California Gardener's Guide , by Nan Sterman (Cool Springs Press, 2007; $24.99), is an...

Favorite or New Plant

Bleeding Heart Bleeding heart (dicentra) grew lush and abundant along my grandmother's driveway. It is an early...
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Regional Reminders

  • Purchase Summer-Blooming Bulbs
  • Tend Cymbidium Orchids
  • Top-Dress Perennial Vegetables
  • Prune Hydrangeas
  • Sow Peas

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