Collector of rarities loves bromeliads for their rainbow colors; see them this weekend at Sacramento show and sale.

Start planning – and planting – autumn vegetable garden.

Butterflies can’t resist this easy-care Baja California native.

For 53 years, Ruben Rincon cut hair at his barbershop. To relax after his job, he took out a different set of clippers and went to work on his bonsai.

There’s something primal in every one of us that responds to spring. Since the dawn of agriculture, humans feel the urge to plant flowers and food crops after a long, cold winter. But as the weeks pass into midsummer, rising heat and fair weather activities can diminish that early drive to get out into the garden. Just when the plants need you most you’ll be off to the beach or a dozen other summer activities.

Popular native perennial is a food source for winged visitors.

Mulch is an easy way to insulate roots from extreme heat while maintainig soil moisture.

As backyard farmers, mother-daughter duo grow their own flowers for their Roseville floral studio.

Popeye ain’t the only bloke who’s gotta have spinach. Some gardeners also crave it, freshly picked.

The best strategy to beat the heat is getting to work before it’s too hot.

Deer won’t eat this bee-friendly native ground cover.

At Redeemer’s Field, gardeners are growing anything and everything.

Native to the Sacramento Valley, this unusual plant thrives in dry shade.

Ice cream cone planting part of kids-only workshops today.

About a gallon a day should get mature plants through heat (and drought) of summer.

You may not recognize the word “zazzle” but I predict you will like the plant attached to it. “Pink Zazzle” is a new gomphrena with iridescent hot pink flowers that are so incredibly beautiful they have a hypnotic effect on me. I have to go look at them every day. To be honest I even photograph them every day. We stumbled on them quite by accident which means you may have to do the same or ask your favorite progressive local garden center to track them down.

Popular for its flowers, this shrub can take the summer heat. Hummingbirds love it, too.

Most veggies can get by on twice a week irrigation. Check soil moisture before turning on the hose.

Larger configuration produces a bumper crop of turnips and early tomatoes.

Popular purple perennial is a favorite in drought-tolerant Sacramento gardens.

Mulch plants to keep roots cool and save water.

Amador Flower Farm hosts this huge event with a million daylilies in bloom.

In a normal year, the hydrangeas would be thick with leafy growth and holding aloft conspicuous buds to open at month’s end either as lacecaps or globes, thus introducing an effervescent spring to a more languid summer.

Drought-tolerant native will keep your landscape buzzing.

Master gardeners celebrate a milestone.

Marigold is among the most widely planted and, hence, mundane of flowers. Yet I enjoy them as an essential part of summer with their yolk-like blooms and pungent foliage.

Easiest way to dispose of these pests is to pick them off — but wear gloves.

Positive energy flows through Huei Young’s Davis garden, inspired by her artist father.

Study up before you spray chemicals. Also get tips on disposal and storage.

See 10 local examples of landscapes that went from traditional turf to low-water wonders.

Saint Catherine’s lace is a magnet for beneficial insects – and gardeners like it, too.

Now that daffodil bloom time has passed, some gardeners might be wondering where their flowers were. If some plants remained all leaves, with few or no flowers, why was that?

I recently had a conversation with someone that was expressing frustration about their efforts to make compost. Her complaint was that the pile was just sitting there – not breaking down. In fact, she hadn’t seen any noticeable results in many months. It’s a common problem, and an easy fix.

Transplant veggies and sow flowers — but don’t forget to water!

Where: Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento

Don’t wait until it’s too hot to plant veggies. Get your tomatoes growing now.

Rare fruit growers share their skills at hands-on workshop.

Warm weather speeds up summer flowers and vegetables.

This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum “New Front Yard” series, 41 drought-tolerant and beautiful plants well adapted to our region.

Amid drought, these desert stars find more fans for their sculptural beauty and low-water needs.

Peppers, eggplants, squash and tomatoes appreciate the heat.

Master gardener event focuses on drought-coping techniques.

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.

See seven gardens that became works of art.

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.

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.

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

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