Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

April, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Hosta of the Year

National News

Hostas are the backbone of the shade garden. Easy to grow and generally trouble-free, they are available in a myriad of sizes and leaf shapes, colors and variegation patterns. In fact, the biggest...

Old Time Tomatoes

Gardeners grow heirloom tomatoes for a variety of reasons- for their delicious flavor, unique appearance, to maintain strains of genetic diversity. But even if these other reasons didn’t apply,...

Welcome to Munchkin Land

Oak-leaf hydrangeas ( Hydrangea quercifolia ) are wonderful landscape plants. Their large, lobed leaves add textural interest to the garden in summer and change to gorgeous shades of burgundy and...

Lawn Care Made Easier

If you’ve ever struggled to move downspout extensions and splash blocks before you mow- and then had put them back once you were done- you’ll probably appreciate a new product from Landscape...

More News »

In the Garden


Teach Plants to Grow Deeply for Water

Teaching plant roots to grow deeply for water will lessen irrigation needs during hot weather. Make sure that irrigation drip lines, soaker hoses, sprinklers, and trenches are in place before root systems get too large, so you're not disturbing...
Read more »


Favorite or New Plant

Any Plants That Attract Beneficial Insects! To encourage beneficial insects to populate your garden, provide them with their chosen foods...

Clever Gardening Technique

Soda Bottles, Plastic Jugs and Nursery Containers Become Watering Tools Recycle 2-liter plastic soda bottles into drip-irrigation containers. Punch two small holes...
Read more »

Regional Reminders

  • More Lettuce All Season Long
  • Get Herbs Started
  • Clean Up Ground Covers
  • Dry-Area Blooming Shrubs
  • Get Weeds Now

Read more »

Syndicate this Report

Our Mission in Action

Shop Our Holiday Catalog