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Turn a wet, poorly drained spot in your yard into a colorful landscape feature with these perennial flowers and ornamental grasses.

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Fall Veggies to Plant Now

Grow these cool-season vegetables and herbs to extend your garden's harvests in spring and fall. This list of vegetables includes seasonal vegetables, green vegetables, non-starchy vegetables, winter vegetables, green leafy vegetables, fall vegetables and more.

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Improve Poor Drainage

Follow these tips to transform a poorly drained area into an easy-care garden.

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Tips and Tricks to Keep Plants Blooming

Deadheading is a popular practice ¿ but do you know all the ways to keep flowers on your plants longer? Follow these easy tips for keeping your favorite shrubs and flowers blooming longer.

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Top Plant Picks for Late-Summer Color

Keep the color coming on strong through the end of the growing season with these easy-care, reliable annuals and perennials.

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Plan for a Gorgeous Fall Landscape

See how two great gardeners -- one on the East Coast and one on the West -- created knock-your-socks-off fall yards -- and learn how you can do the same.

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Best Plants for Rock Gardens

Transforming an unsightly slope or mound in your backyard into a colorful rock garden is easy when you chose the right plants. These amazing, low-maintenance ground huggers don't mind poor soil but do need good drainage to survive. Here's a list of our top plants for rock gardens.

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June Tips: Southern California

June is an easygoing month in the Southern California garden. Your spring labors should be paying off, and the workload is slowing to an enjoyable pace.

Douse your compost pile.
  • Keep up with watering chores. Soak containers well. If you can't keep up or they're wilting anyway, move them to a shadier spot. Also give your compost heap an occasional dousing to promote necessary decomposition. Also consider shading the heap to keep it moister longer.
  • Remember that drought-tolerant native plants and other dry-climate plants will need only infrequent, deep water from now until rains start later in the year.
  • Inspect your irrigation system, if you have one, for damaged sprinkler heads, which waste water. Replace as needed.

Drought Survival for Your Lawn -- Check out our lawn drought-survival tips.

Drought Survival for Your Lawn

  • Prune emerging flower stalks from palms if you don't want fruit. Also remove dead leaves, if desired, but be sure to leave the living leaves or you'll seriously impede the plant's health.
  • Transplant palms now since the soil is sufficiently warm.
  • If you haven't already, plant heat-loving vegetables such as corn, cucumbers, green beans, lima beans, okra, peppers, pumpkin, New Zealand spinach, zucchini, summer squash, melons, and eggplant.
  • Otherwise, stop planting all but the most heat-tolerant plants.

Deadheading 101 -- Continue to deadhead fading flower blossoms. Also cut back perennials where foliage has browned or become diseased to tidy them up.

Deadheading 101

Mulch Matters -- If you haven't already, apply a layer of mulch on flower beds and around trees and shrubs 2-3 inches around the base of plants. (Make sure it doesn't touch any part of the plants, however.) It reduces weeds, conserves moisture, and improves soil texture. Great stuff!

Mulch Matters

  • Now is the time to control a number of diseases. Watch for fungal disease on tomatoes and roses and spray with a fungicide (a botanical, earth-friendly one if possible). Keep an eye out also for aphids and other small sucking insects, as well as whitefly. Treat with insecticidal soap. Spider mites can be treated with pyrethrums, an extract from mums.
  • Fertilize your lawn.

Feeding Roses and Fertilizing Annuals -- Fertilize roses, citrus trees, fuschias, avocado trees, vegetables, and flowers.

Feeding Roses

Fertilizing Annuals

Fertilizing Plants -- Fertilize container plants.

  • Keep an eye out for yellow or pale leaves with green ribs -- a sign of iron chlorosis. Apply chelated iron according to package directions.
  • Clean up fallen fruit from citrus, peaches, pears, apples, and other fruit trees.
  • Keep mowing regularly. It's the best thing you can do to control weeds and keep grass thick and healthy.
  • Plant late-summer flowering annuals and perennials, as well as heat-loving tropical and sub-tropical plants.

Harvesting Vegetables -- Harvest veggies to keep them producing.

Harvesting Vegetables

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