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July Tips of the Month

July Tips of the Month

Garden Basics for this month During the month of July, you can control pests in the garden by planting flowers that will attract beneficial insects. This will increase your population of beneficial insects such as lady bird beetles, lacewings, and others, to decrease the “bad” insect population. This is a great way of decreasing the need to use chemical pest controls.   Irrigation systems should be checked for leaks, breaks, and output efficiency to prevent water waste, decrease water bills, protect plants from summer heat, and provide adequate water for the...
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Hellebores: January Plant of the Month

Hellebores: January Plant of the Month

Hellebores are delightful perennials to have in your garden and are nicknamed Christmas Rose, as they will add some color in the dull winter months. Most hellebores prefer moist but well-drained soil and tolerate freezing temperatures. They are considered deer and rabbit resistant. You might call the hellebore’s flowers shy, as they peer towards the ground. We recommend using hellebores in perennial borders near the edge in mass to complement a garden with a woodsy feel. Below you’ll find some of our favorite varieties that you might like to add to...
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January Tips of the Month

January Tips of the Month

January 2016 Tips of the Month – Happy New Year from All Seasons Gardening & Landscaping!   DORMANT SPRAY FRUIT TREES Pests that appear on lush new spring growth are eliminated or greatly reduced by properly applying dormant sprays now.  They effectively kill the over wintering eggs of aphids, mites, most scales, plus many other pests and some plant diseases that are now in their most vulnerable stage. For most fruit trees apply a fixed copper or a lime-sulfur mixed with horticultural oil.  For apricots use only fixed copper.  The lime-sulfur may kill the...
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Halloween Bouquet: The Plants You’ll Need

Halloween Bouquet: The Plants You’...

Most people are brainstorming the perfect get-up for Halloween, but we are also considering how you might decorate the Halloween costume party or your home to get in the spooky spirit. In this October Plant Spotlight, we’ll show you all the plants and flowers you’ll need to create a haunting Halloween bouquet. Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Ace of Spades’ offers velvety almost-black blooms. In USDA zones 9-11, like we have on the Central Coast, it grows as a perennial. It can be grown in other zones as an annual. Black flowers with red undertones are...
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Heuchera – May Plant of the Month

Heuchera – May Plant of the Month

Heuchera – Coral Bells & Alum Root Heucheras are herbaceous, perennial natives perfect for adding a drop of color to shaded and cool sun corners. White, pink, or almost red flowers adorn them in spring to late summer. A large variety are grown for their colorful foliage, although not all are strong performers as perennials. Here we will show you a few California native varieties that will do well in drought conscious gardens. Heuchera Canyon Series are a standout group of hybrids. The leaves will grow between 3-6″ tall and 1-2′ wide. Leaves are...
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Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ – March Plant Spotlight

Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ ...

Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ is one of the perennials I am most excited about using this spring. It has a unique flower texture, perfect for mixing into a meadow palette of grasses and perennials. (Has anyone else been really inspired lately by the wild landscapes Piet Oudolf is creating?) By the end of this March Plant Spotlight, I’m betting you’ll be eager to plant some Blue Fortune Anise Hyssop in your garden too. Blue Fortune Anise Hyssop is a perennial with evergreen foliage that smells like licorice when crushed.  The scented foliage we love...