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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Garden guru: Make April a tree-mendous month

A new cedar tree stands tall in El Dorado Hills Community Park. Photo by Brent Dennis

For those of you who have gotten to know me, you already are aware that one of my favorite holidays happens to be in the month of April. This month every year since its inception back in the 1870s holds the celebration of Arbor Day. J. Morton Sterling, as a pioneer settling into Nebraska, sparked […]

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Garden Guru: Aren’t we a pear?

Bradford Callery pear

A true sign of spring is always the proliferation of the white fluffy cloud-like explosion of blossoms in landscapes, parks and parking lots! The Callery pear tree helps herald in warmer weather after standing dormant for a few months each year. Botanically known as Pyrus calleryana, the most common variety in our area tends to […]

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Garden Guru: A snowy illusion

Being a “transplant” from the colder, frosty hinterland of winter land of the Midwest, my eyes are often fooled by the apparent appearance of snow upon the foliage of trees and shrubs in the landscape. Maybe this is why I have an inherent love for variegated plant material? Botanically speaking, variegated foliage possesses a soft to striking […]

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