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.

Workshops get down and dirty when talking fertilizer basics.

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

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

Plant sales are plentiful around Sacramento this month.

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

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.

Busy weekend also features huge show of daffodils.

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

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

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.

The gray-leaved lavender cotton (sold as Santolina incanus and Santolina chamaecyparissis) stands unscathed by anything Mother Nature can muster during a California summer.

Keeping track of activity helps make gardening easier.

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.

Rose care in garden spotlight with annual workshop and renovation.

Six public gardens that demonstrate how to pick the right plants for Sacramento’s dry climate.

During a summer’s day tour of the Storer Garden at the UCD Arboretum, now-retired arboretum superintendent Warren Roberts looked at the flourishing tumble of flowers and foliage and proclaimed, “Nothing succeeds like success.”

Hydroponic gardening allows everybody to grow warm-season fruits and vegetables year-around.

Garden calendar events, classes and workshops.

From Swiss tool maker Kuhn Rikon, these shears stay sharp through all sorts of jobs.

Annual nationwide count, now in its 114th year, tallies migration including flocks that visit Sacramento area in winter.

If it’s not raining (or freezing), tackle these seasonal chores.

Green Acres nurseries host special ‘planting experience’ for children including decorated pots and colorful annuals.

Sacramento radio host Farmer Fred Hoffman, author of the Farmer Fred Rant, considers whether mulch helps or hurts citrus.

Modeled after classic implement, this handy gardening tool creates straight rows and uniform blocks in vegetable beds.

Transplant lettuce and kale; plant onions, fava beans and mustard.

Learn to make holiday cards and gift boxes in Davis; first rose pruning workshop of season offered at City Cemetery.

Local group keeps growing strong as it celebrates a milestone.

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