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Tropical Style November 29, 2019

The Way to Grow Phacelia Tanacetifolia From Seed

Exceptionally attractive to bumblebees, Phacelia tanacetifolia flourishes in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 3 through 10, which makes it a good choice for Bay Area gardeners. The plant bears spiky purple blossoms that bloom along a stem. Phacelia tanacetifolia is…..

Tropical Style November 26, 2019

How to Grow Trailing White Lantana

If you want an attractive groundcover for your Northern California garden, look at tracking white lantana (Lantana montevidensis”Alba”). This perennial grows up to 2 feet tall and 6 feet wide, and produces white flower clusters, green to green leaves and…..

Tropical Style September 27, 2019

Boost Your Style Fortune With Lucky Bamboo

Though somewhat similar in appearance, lucky bamboo isn’t the same thing as the things you will see growing exceptionally rapidly along your neighbor’s land line. Lucky bamboo is part of this Dracaena genus, and many of us will recognize it…..

Tropical Style September 19, 2019

Herb Garden Essentials: Boost Your Own Delicious Mint

First a word of caution: “Invasive” is the polite way to refer to mint’s developing customs. In perfect, or maybe not so perfect, circumstances, mint will take over your garden, spreading by underground roots. Consider it in the upper tier…..

Tropical Style September 2, 2019

Great Design Plant: Veronica

Veronica is a huge genus of herbacious perennials that has something for everybody — multiple flower colours, multiple foliage textures along with a variety of forms. Whether you need a vertical accent in cool white or a durable, evergreen ground…..

Tropical Style August 22, 2019

Fantastic Design Plant: Fan Aloe

A landscape of succulents tops my list of favorites, but occasionally just a small variation in the tight rosettes that specify their silhouette is vital for a lively and interesting gardenscape. Input enthusiast rosemary (Aloe plicatilis). Its structural yet fluid…..

Tropical Style July 19, 2019

Northern California Gardener's October Checklist

If you’d like further evidence of how different California is, see a Notre Dame football game on TV this month. I am not discussing the more exciting manner California teams play the sport but about the fall scenes on Notre…..

Tropical Style February 17, 2019

A Mother, a Garden and a Present for the Neighbors

I normally aspire to inspire visitors to attempt new items in the garden, but this before-and-after project comes with a story that I hope will inspire you to start a garden where you’re in life, with or without house ownership……

Tropical Style January 12, 2019

Rocky Mountain Gardener's November Checklist

The huge autumn gardening push is winding down, and we are starting to look inward now, toward spending more time indoors in cozy warmth. But, there are still some times of beautiful weather to enjoy this month plus a couple…..

Tropical Style December 24, 2018

Great Design Plant: Sedum (Stonecrop)

Bring the vibrant colors of summer to the garden with sedum. Prolific blossoms make notice in summer months, but bold evergreen foliage solidifies this diverse genus of succulents as year-round eye catchers in the garden. Pick from fluorescent fleshy floor…..