Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

April, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Gardening For the Cure

National News

Smooth leaf hydrangeas ( Hydrangea arborescens ) are adaptable native shrubs that flourish in many parts of the country. And breeders have given us a host of beautiful cultivars to choose from....

A Dangerous Book

Be forewarned. The minute you open The Gardener's Color Palette , you can kiss your savings account goodbye. Because once you get a look at the stunning photographs of flowers by Clive Nichols...

Karmic Justice?

Anyone who gardens in the eastern U.S. is familiar with the Japanese beetle, that voracious consumer of just about anything green in the garden. It is one of the most destructive pests east of the...

A Helenium of a Different Color

Helenium, also known as sneezeweed, has long been a favorite for adding color to the late season garden. The daisy-like flowers with raised centers bloom in autumnal shades of orange, red, russet...

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In the Garden


Spring Care For Fruit Trees

The weather from now through June is ideal for planting citrus, avocados, and other tender trees such as kumquats and pomegranates, as well as kiwi vines. In frost-free areas, also try cherimoya, guava, mango, and passion fruit. For containers, be...
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Shows & Events

LA Garden Show Living Green: Essentials for the Home Gardener Friday, April 30, through Sunday, May 2, 9am-4pm, the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden will...

Clever Gardening Technique

Small Buckets as Compost or Trash Collectors Place a few paint or other 5-gallon-size buckets throughout the garden as handy waste...
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Regional Reminders

  • Add Edible Flowers
  • Feed With Manure Tea
  • Feed Roses
  • Plant Summer-Color Bulbs
  • Home-Mixed Fertilizer

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