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Garden Guru: May your Thanksgiving be succulent

These drought-tolerant succulents are sculptural in nature and prolific in their sprouting of offshoots of “chicks” from the mother “hen” plant. Courtesy photo

The month of November brings with it the spirit of thankfulness and reflection.  With Thanksgiving just a couple weeks away, I have reflected back over the past year and found myself very thankful for the recent rainfall. Enduring four years of drought conditions has put enormous stress upon our gardens and landscapes. While I can’t say the drought […]

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Garden Guru: A rose by any other name

Rose of Sharon adds a colorful pop to any background. Photo by Brent Dennis

One of the better performing, deciduous flowering shrubs in the El Dorado Hills heat is the Rose of Sharon. Preferring full sun settings, this profuse flowering hibiscus botanically known as Hibiscus syriacus can be featured as a specimen or planted in mass to serve as an effective privacy hedge during most of the year when […]

Comments Off / October 11, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Garden Guru: Creeping Fig

Garden structures and plantings that are properly planned and planted can create striking beauty and unique features within any landscape. A recent development in El Dorado Hills Community Park was the reconstruction of a quarter-century-old and structurally declining wooden arbor on the west side of the park’s pavilion. Once the new arbor was in place, […]

Comments Off / September 05, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Garden Guru: Manzanita … man, it’s one neat plant!

I can only trust that avid readers of this monthly gardening column are not getting tired of my intentional focus upon drought tolerant plants. But once again I want to promote the consideration of a true Northern California botanical champion, namely the manzanita. Manzanita is a common name for many species of the genus Arctostaphylos. […]

Comments Off / August 06, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Garden guru: No fuss fescue

Many gardeners have turned their focus upon drought-resistant plants lately and one excellent, showy ornamental grass to consider would be blue fescue. Blue fescue is botanically known as Festuca glauca and is indigenous to the European continent. In the United States this bluish-gray (glaucous) color grass is hardy in Zones 4-8. Blue fescue grass is a […]

Comments Off / July 05, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Garden guru: Flax takes no flack

As we wrestle with the plant palette of our gardens and landscapes during the fourth year of California’s dramatic drought, one striking water-smart champion to consider is the flax. In particular, the New Zealand flax plant, botanically known as Phormium cultivars and hybrids. With just little to moderate water requirements to flourish, the flax plant enjoys […]

Comments Off / June 07, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Garden guru: The color purple

One of the standout trees in the El Dorado Hills area landscapes and gardens has to be the Purple Leaf Plum. Especially when planted with a contrasting backdrop or flanked by green deciduous or coniferous counterparts, the beautiful vibrant purplish/maroon foliage is quite striking. At maturity, the Purple Leaf Plum tree grows to a height […]

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