All in Plant Choices

Saving Water In Your California Friendly Garden

Learning how to save water in our gardens here in Southern California is vital. Water is a scarce and precious resource that all living things need yet we use 60% of our drinking water in our landscapes, and even on dry days, millions of gallons of water are wasted due to inefficient irrigation. When it does rain, we throw it all away into our storm drains where it picks up trash and pollution and ends up at our beach and in our ocean killing wildlife and risking human health.

Planting Tips: Summer Recipes

Though it’s hard to imagine that plants could thrive and survive with our warmer temperatures here in Southern California, many drought- and heat-resistant types will do just fine. While you won’t find advice on planting roses and lilies in this article, you'll likely discover some handy tips on how to arrange and grow plants such as cactuses and succulents. Why spend greenhouse prices on something you can do yourself? Creating the perfect little summer pot for your backyard is easier than you think!

Rabbit Proof Plants

Rabbits are real pests . The UC Davis site for Integrated Pest Management recommends exclusion, trapping and repellents, in that order. Since most people have tried all these methods, plants that are not generally eaten by the rabbits are the next step. This may be different in your neighborhood, as rabbit tastes differ from family to family. In my experience, rabbits tend to stay away from plants with a strong scent.

My Top 10 Favorite Bird and Butterfly Plants

In our article "Attracting Birds and Butterflies," we touched upon the types of plants that you'll want to grow if you'd like to welcome a variety of birds and butterflies into your garden during the spring and summer months. Here are some of my favorites, which appeal to both birds and butterflies for a source of food and shelter. In addition to drinking the nectar, butterflies take to specific plants as a good spot to lay their eggs. Such plants offer protection to the larvae as they grow into caterpillars.