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Governor Declares an End to the Drought – Now What?

The drought is over. On Friday, April 7 California Governor Jerry Brown officially declared the end to the most severe drought in our state’s history. So, what does this mean for our gardens? Certainly, there will be further drought cycles and using water wisely in our gardens will be a permanent part of our gardening [...]

What is Milkweed and How Do You Care for It?

Milkweed is the host plant for the monarch butterfly. As a host plant, it provides the monarch larvae and adult butterflies with a food source. Milkweed belongs to the genus Asclepias, which has many different species spread out through America and Mexico. Asclepias line the migration path for these butterflies as they travel back and [...]

Designing with Succulents

Succulents and cactus have experienced a surge in popularity over the last few years, and for good reason. Their colorful, unique shaped foliage looks good year round – no flowers necessary.  They grow large and small so it’s easy to find one that will fit happily into the smallest pot, or grow up into a [...]

Great Shade Trees for Small Gardens

Thank you for visiting our blog. If you have any comments, I’d love to hear them. I am often asked for trees for small gardens, and so I have developed a little list of my all-time favorites. I’ve grown most in my own garden and the rest in friend’s gardens. These are sturdy, easy to grow [...]

5 Rules for Garden Success

Rule #1 Despite our recent water restrictions, this rule has and will always be the best; Water deeply, less often. S-l-o-w  down watering, making certain your soil is soaked 6-12 inches deep ~ twice a week in hot weather, once a week in cool, dry weather. Trees need deep watering around the root base, not just the [...]

Plumeria Care for Socal Climates

Plumerias are beautiful, colorful flowering plants that produce numerous flowers with fragrant scents. These flowers are famously recognized in Hawaiian leis and are easy to grow in our Southern California climate. It’s impossible to track all the different flowers and scents because there are countless varieties, however the pink, yellow and white varieties seem to be [...]

By | 2017-09-29T15:06:06+00:00 June 16th, 2016|California Friendly Garden Solutions, Gardening|4 Comments

3” of Mulch Saves 30% of Water

From the productive valley of central California, to the consistent temperatures of Orange County, California has always made gardening easier on us. Now, it is time to make gardening easier for California. Applying three inches of a shredded bark mulch can provide many benefits to the landscape. [su_spacer size=”10″][su_spacer][su_spacer size=”10″][su_spacer][/su_spacer] […]

CA Friendly® Gardening Solutions | Creating a California Friendly® Garden

I’m convinced – gardeners love the outdoors, love nature and love the earth more than most people. That’s why we garden, to be closer to nature. So when it’s time to make decisions about the plants to place into their gardens these folks are increasingly weighing things like water needs and climate suitability. Gardeners are asking [...]

How to Care for Plumerias During the Fall & Winter Season

Many customers have dropped in to ask why their Plumerias foliage is turning yellow and even starting to defoliate.  Fortunately, this is a natural response to the local climate turning cool to cold. Very common for Plumerias at this time of the year in our location.  Depending on the variety and flower color, some plants [...]

By | 2017-09-29T15:21:37+00:00 January 19th, 2016|California Friendly Garden Solutions, Gardening|12 Comments

Something Is Eating the Leaves of my Plumeria

Sometime when we look at the foliage of our plants we automatically think it is under attack from a large creature (usually a small insect) taking advantage of our poor defenseless plants. […]

By | 2016-01-19T14:07:05+00:00 January 19th, 2016|California Friendly Garden Solutions, Gardening|0 Comments