Crown imperial is exiting the garden after another fabulous spring show. The orange blossoms are fading, wilting and will soon drop. Then the rest of the plant will begin to dissolve back into the ground.

California native combines well with lavender and salvia in low-water garden.

Peppers, eggplants, squash and tomatoes appreciate the heat.

A canner’s garden is not your typical vegetable patch. With its full-scale production, distinctive varieties and four-season harvests, it’s more for the future than the moment.

Club brings out its best; learn about historic specimens at State Capitol.

See seven gardens that became works of art.

Blue grama grass is low-water and graceful turf alternative.

You already have the newspaper, so when you're finished reading it, why not recycle it for your garden? And The Sacramento Bee uses mostly nontoxic, soy-based inks, so you can transplant the whole pot into the garden if you choose.

Open houses, tours and plant sales abound during May’s first weekend.

Get tomatoes, peppers and eggplant in the ground. Plant beans, squash and melons, too.

Timing is perfect to get Sacramento’s favorite backyard crop in the ground.

Beautiful spring flowers attract beneficial insects — and smell good, too.

Spring brings flowers – and shows, plant sales and garden tours.

Some vegetables tolerate drought better than others; keep that in mind while planning your backyard harvest.

There’s plenty to keep busy with flowers and vegetables to plant (and weeds to whack).

Watch out for snails, slugs and stink bugs.

Workshops get down and dirty when talking fertilizer basics.

After 10 months of vegetable production, the original bales were due for replacements.

Fast-growing filaree, bedstraw and grasses rob other plants of water.

Adjust irrigation cycle for sprinklers and see major water savings.

California native needs little irrigation for lots of spring flowers.

Culinary herbs are enjoying a revival thanks to new varieties, stronger flavors, health concerns and more discerning palates. Their low cost, attractiveness and easy-to-grow attributes are making them popular, too.

Learn about raised beds, vegetable basics, low-water plants, composting and more.

Lots to do in the early spring garden: prepare soil, plant veggies and remove unwanted weeds.

Plant sales are plentiful around Sacramento this month.

Sacramento’s Katrina Sullivan, a dedicated DIYer and author of “Chic Little House,” gets ready to plant her first vegetable garden.

This California native shrub offers something for birds and bees, too.

Homeowners like the green look and easy care with no water of synthetic lawns, but restrictions still apply in some cities including Sacramento.

Shrubs and citrus need attention. Watch out for powdery mildew.

Busy weekend also features huge show of daffodils.

Put water where plants need it most — at the roots.

Sacramento celebrates its favorite flower with a weekend exhibition at Memorial Auditorium and thousands of camellias.

Cedar waxwings flock to this California native shrub.

Late winter is perfect time to fertilize many trees as well as flowering shrubs and perennials.

Many experts (and food trucks) gather in Folsom for two days of spring ideas.

Young and newly planted trees at greatest risk, but whole urban forest needs helping hands.

Drought-resistant groundcover thrives under oaks and other dry spots.

Prepare your garden for a season of success.

More than 150,000 orchids in bloom fill Fort Mason Center.

Handsome California native shrub boasts unusual 10-inch long flower tassels in winter.

California native shrub is a favorite for many birds.

Finish pruning, spray fruit trees, clean up dried leaves.

The Bee's Debbie Arrington hosted a live chat Monday packed with questions and answers about how best to conserve water indoors and out during this time of drought-like conditions and short water supplies. Replay it here.

Sacramento Bee home and garden writer Debbie Arrington hosts a live chat for readers at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, to answer your questions about saving water indoors and outside. Join her to share your questions and comments on California's drought situation and what it means for homeowners and individuals.

Learn about planting and pruning, two garden chores for warm winter days.

Planning your garden color for the spring and summer is one surefire way to stop dwelling on the deep freeze that has recently been gripping much of the country.

Seconds Sale, a sale of less-than-perfect pottery, glass, metal and clay work. 10 a.m. Shepard Garden & Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento. Free. (530) 878-8034. www.artbyfire.org.

Wait to prune spring blooming shrubs, such as forsythia, weigela, lilac, Spanish broom and bridal wreath, or you’ll be cutting off the flowers. Once they’ve finished blooming, then prune them back.

Sacramento couple show off their late-ripening harvest.

While many gardeners scan the newly arrived seed catalogs to plan their next growing season, the industry’s visionaries are pouring talent and resources into products and ideas they hope will be sown in years to come.

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