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Xeriscaping: The Art of Low-Water Gardening

If you're looking to landscape your garden in a way that is both beautiful and sustainable, xeriscaping may be the perfect solution for you. Xeriscaping, pronounced (zer-i-scaping) is the practice of designing landscapes that heavily reduce the need for irrigation. Read more here...
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Patio Garden

Creating a Low-Maintenance Backyard Oasis

There's nothing like relaxing in the garden at the end of a long day. It's certainly one of the best places to decompress, unless of course, you are looking at a lot of maintenance to add to your weekend task list. Learn how to create a low-maintenance garden to provide you with a year-round sanctuary. 
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Pink Crape Myrtle on lawn along street

Protecting Your Investment This Summer

Protect your trees this summer by using recommended watering techniques to keep your trees healthy. During low water years combined with summer's heat, it's important to provide deep watering to keep your trees thriving. Read on to learn efficient ways to water trees with soaker hoses and the bucket method. 
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Fresh Tomato 'Juliet' on the vine

Late Summer Gardening in Sacramento

Summer is officially here. So can you still plant a summer garden? In our region we have a long growing season, so the good news is there’s still plenty of time to enjoy a summer garden, or to replace spent spring veggies and herbs. Planting in July is different than planting in April—and a big part of that is the heat. Read on for some helpful tips for planting in summer.
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Bushel of Lavender blooms

Learning Your Lavender

Lavender is the perfect plant for your Mediterranean garden. Its beautiful blooms produce a relaxing aroma that attracts humans and pollinators alike. Learn more about the differences between English, Spanish and French lavender and how to keep them thriving.

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Plums on a tree

How To Choose Your Fruit Tree

Learn how you can enjoy the benefits of planting a tree and nurturing it to produce delicious, fresh fruit. The real magic comes during harvest when the trees are filled with fruit to share with family, friends, and neighbors. 
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Sage 'Garden Grey'

Summer of Salvias

Salvia, commonly referred to as sage, is a great addition to the multi-faceted garden. These sun-loving perennials attract beneficial pollinators, produce beautiful flowers, and can be used in culinary creations. Plant a palette of colors and sizes.
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Diagram of a Potup Recipe

Radiant Potup Recipes

We've created some container recipes for you that will shine for months to come. Planting in containers is a fun way to express your personality and provide pops of color throughout your landscape. Aside from the porch or deck, consider inserting potted  arrangements throughout your garden beds, nestled among shrubs. 

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Japanese Laceleaf Maple 'Tamukeyama'

Recipes Inspired By Summer

Ready to put something new in the ground, but not sure where to start? We can help. Select from the planting recipes below that are grouped by sun requirements and will be sure to play nicely together. Need more ideas? Stop by your favorite location to talk with a garden guru and browse the entire collection. 
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