Fresh Dirt

Behind the Scenes: Cut Flower Garden

For our March 2015 feature story, we turned the Sunset Test Garden into a miniature flower farm. If you’re curious, check out our planning process and some of our pictures along the way.

7 Easy Spring Planting Ideas from our New Book

Is it really possible to fill your garden with gorgeous, no-fuss plantings that don’t make huge demands on your time? You bet. This shrub border in Sunset’s garden offers proof; it’s from our newest book, The Western Garden Book of Easy-Care Plantings (Oxmoor House, April 2015; $24.95). A few tips from its pages….

How to Make a Sand Terrarium

Remember when everyone thought terrariums were just a fad making a comeback? With so many amazing containers and varied ways to create them, terrariums are standing the test of time. Today I’ll show you another fun way we’ve come up with for creating sand terrariums—these adorable table-top gems.

Behind the Scenes: Fruit Trees!

Hopefully you’ve read all about the latest and greatest in new hybrid stone fruit in our January issue (and seen this blog post on keeping your trees small).