Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

May, 2014
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Red Swan Bush Beans

National News

Edible landscaping is a concept that's here to stay. No longer is the food garden relegated to a rectangle of plants in straight rows tucked into an out-of-the-way spot in the backyard. Gardeners,...

Sweet Orange Impatiens

Impatiens has long been a favorite choice for all summer color in the shade garden. But unfortunately in the past few years a new disease called downy mildew of impatiens has decimated plantings...

Pop in a Winterberry

Winterberry, a deciduous member of the Holly clan, is popular for adding fall and winter color to the landscape with its bright red berries. But most varieties of Ilex verticillata are large...

Spotlight on Youth Gardens: Chicago Youth Center

In a crime-ridden neighborhood in Chicago, the Chicago Youth Center's (CYC) Sunshine Garden, a recipient of the National Gardening Association's 2014 Youth Garden Grant, provides a safe haven for...

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In the Garden

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Beautify Your Landscape with a Water Garden

Whether in a pond, fountain, or waterfall, water beautifies the garden. Glimmering surfaces and ripples offer visual delight as they catch the sun's sparks. Drips and rivulets provide musical pleasures. Plants that love water enable the gardener to...
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Resources

Web Finds

Aquatic Gardens, Not Aquatic Pests Most plants used in California backyard water gardens are not invasive. But some vigorous...

Clever Gardening Technique

Protect Plants with Plastic Berry Baskets Use the small plastic baskets that hold cherry tomatoes, strawberries, and the like to protect...
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Regional Reminders

  • Destroy Leaves Afflicted With Peach Leaf Curl
  • Water Deeply
  • Attract Bees and Butterflies
  • Maintain Mulch
  • Mow Properly

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