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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 [...]

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 [...]

Lawn to California Friendly Landscape in 11 Steps by Ron Vanderhoff

Fifteen years ago Roger’s Gardens was surrounded by lush lawns, lots of them. Times change and so do landscapes. In August of 2015 we took on the ambitious project of removing the last remnant of our lawns. Completing the last leg of a project that we began over ten years ago, we uprooted the water-thirsty [...]

CA Friendly Gardening Solutions | Fitting in with the Jones’s, but Without a Lawn by Ron Vanderhoff

A couple of days ago, I received a question from a gardener, Christian in Newport Beach, that I think summarizes how a lot of homeowners might be feeling right now. Christian writes, “I want to get rid of my lawn completely; I’m tired of watering, fertilizing and mowing it. Also, I know that we are going into [...]

CA Friendly Gardening Solutions | Reduce Runoff and Water Use by Ron Vanderhoff

“Runoff” is a very bad feature of many landscapes. It is water that runs off our landscapes, down the street, and into the ocean; carrying a bit of our gardens with it; the fertilizers, pesticides and other pollutants. From the Newport Coast development alone, 24 million gallons of contaminated runoff are ending up in our protected [...]

CA Friendly® Gardening Solutions | Turf Alternatives by Suzanne Hetrick

Everyone is going drought tolerant these days. As we scale back our lawn areas in our gardens some people are left scratching their heads wondering, “What should I replace it with?” We’re going to offer a few of suggestions for filling parkways and shrinking your lawn areas with beautiful filler plants and alternatives. […]

Fall Flowers for Spring Bloom by Lynn Hillman

So, here it is Fall. Most gardens are looking a little exhausted after the summer and so we do clean-up in preparation for the winter and then sit back and anticipate Spring planting and blooming. But Wait! There are many plants, which if planted in the Fall, will already be blooming when your neighbor is just beginning to plant [...]

By | 2014-11-20T18:40:39+00:00 November 20th, 2014|Fall, Gardening, Inspiration, Landscaping|1 Comment

OC Gardeners Lose their Voice; Cindy McNatt Retires

The voice of Orange County gardening just grew quieter. Cindy McNatt, garden editor of the Orange County Register, has written her final column for the newspaper. Long time gardeners remember the grand ‘ol days of garden writing in Southern California, when newspapers bristled with page after page of garden advice and encouragement. Local experts, like Bob [...]

By | 2014-06-17T19:33:54+00:00 June 17th, 2014|Gardening, Landscaping|3 Comments

How to Choose a Professional Landscaper by Tim Fiskin

If you have a landscape project and are not doing it yourself, you will need help with all phases from design through installation and possibly even maintenance. Following are some guidelines and considerations for picking a good landscape professional to help you with your project. […]

By | 2014-05-22T16:40:40+00:00 May 22nd, 2014|Landscaping|1 Comment