Fresh Dirt

Great Garden Ideas from the West’s Best Gardens

  Earlier this year, I was invited to judge the Association of Professional Landscape Designers’ (APLD) 2014 International Landscape Design Awards competition—the Oscars for garden designers. Of the many entries from across the United States, China, and beyond, California-based Colin Miller (Envision Landscape Design Studio), nabbed a Gold for this California garden, and a new title—2014 APLD Designer of the […]

Planter, Planter, on the Wall

I love the idea of vertical gardening. What I find a little daunting, however, is the reality of vertical gardening. I don’t care how amazing the wall is or who designed it: They are expensive, hard to care for, and often look half dead. This is exactly why I love wall planters.

Spooky Plants

Skip the fake cobwebs this year and add some haunt to your house with these spooky specimens. Pictured above (left to right): Japanese blood grass and black mondo grass; carnivorous plants including Cobra plants, Venus flytraps, and pitcher plants; ‘Sticks on Fire’ Euphorbia; Swiss cheese vine (Monsteraobliqua).

Drought-Stressed Crops May Be Better For You

Another day, another angle on our drought. Today’s thought-provoker comes from KQED’s coverage of experiments in California’s dry Central Valley to farm crops with far less water. Among the findings? Stressed pomegranates grow smaller, but with more antioxidants than those grown with ample irrigation.