Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Reinvent Your Garden
The new Sunset book, Reinvent Your Garden, by Pamela Cornelison (2003; $19.95) will give you a feel for what John Greenlee's landscape style is all about. It provides the reader with simple steps for garden makeovers, with 80 projects and quick finishing touches. The color photograph for each garden vignette is inviting, and there is a design layout for each project. There are before and after shots so that you can have confidence that a finished product is not beyond your capabilities. I particularly like the patio treatments, which include adding lighting, art, and cozy furniture.
This is a great book if you are not happy with your existing garden. It contains 160 pages, a small plant encyclopedia, and a section called "Snapshot Solutions," which includes projects that can be completed in a weekend.
Favorite or New Plant
Naked Ladies (Amaryllis belladonna) are appearing everywhere right now! They are native to South Africa, and just when you think that the earth can't become any more parched, the naked ladies appear! They are frequently seen planted along dirt driveways or on hillsides. The pink flowers are trumpet shaped and held erect on 2- to 3-foot stems.
These bulb plants get all the moisture they need from the winter rains. Plant them in full sun and in well-drained soil for an end of summer surprise. But beware, all parts of the naked lady are poisonous!