Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Favorite or New Plant
One of my very favorite cool season annual plants is Nemesia strumosa. It is fabulous in hanging baskets because of it's trailing tendencies, but is also a winner in containers or in the ground. Nemesia has small, colorful, bell-shaped flowers with ruffled edges. To my eye, they slightly resemble lobelia flowers only larger and much more colorful. Nemesia comes in a wide variety of colors, from yellow and orange to pink, deep reds and purples. They require full sun, regular water; applications of a balanced fertilizer and will provide excellent winter color so long as the weather stays cool.
Home Landscaping: California Region
I know so many people who are landscaping their gardens this year that I had to go out and buy this book for reference. Home Landscaping provides information on putting in a new garden, remodeling an old one, or just sprucing up a patio. It contains design plans, building techniques, a plant encyclopedia tailored especially for this area and is filled with beautiful color photographs of the finished projects. There is a section on problem solving, maintenance and pruning tips. It even has a section dedicated to the actual installation and tips on how to complete a project in an organized manner. Overall, this is an excellent publication for the home gardener. Home Landscaping California Region, by Roger Holmes and Lance Walheim, Creative Homeowner Publications, ISBN 1-58011-046-0