more about: California native plants

Fall gardening: 4 drought-busting plant combos for a cooler planet

Not to beat a dead lawn, but as summer temperatures were rising after two winters in a row of very low rainfall, the drought was never far from our minds in the West. So we reduced how often we watered our gardens … and lawn-shaming became a sport. But here’s the rub: Not watering our gardens—and allowing them to die—only heats up the […]

Native Plants Go Glam

By now you’ve (hopefully) read our April issue, including Native heroes,  a look into the growing acceptance and availability of native plants for our gardens.

Santa Barbara’s Hidden Gem

My colleague Kathy Brenzel, our sage Garden Editor and the doyenne of dahlias and dogwood, recently told me how much she loves the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, so I made a beeline there on a visit earlier this month. I’ve been to Santa Barbara countless times and I’d never heard of the garden, which is tucked up Mission Canyon, a […]