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On Gardening: 20 years later Scaevola still rocks in the summer landscape

Twenty years ago something odd happened in the plant world, and as I look back now, I realize it flew under the radar. In 1997 a new plant called New Wonder Scaevola won the Georgia Gold Medal, Mississippi Medallion, and Louisiana Select awards. That trifecta was indeed quite rare. This little plant from Australia captured the imagination of the green industry with its fan-shaped flowers and rugged persevering performance.

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Lending update is good news for homebuyers

As home prices keep rising, so do the down payments, keeping many San Diegans from taking that step toward homeownership. The good news is that there are many programs to help with a down payment and loan options that don't require the traditional 20 percent down for a home.

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Painting your bathroom this color increases your home's value by $5,440

Color psychology probably doesn't affect your life on a day-to-day basis – until you're trying to sell your home, that is. The color of your walls can actually raise or lower the value of your property, a dollar amount that changes annually along with the year's color trends. Zillow recently examined over 32,000 photos of sold homes around the country, dissecting how certain colors impact their closing price. While some of the don'ts from 2016 still stand, 2017 has ushered in brand-new swatches of profitable paint colors. Here are the dos and don'ts of paint colors in 2017, as originally reported by MarketWatch.

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Yardsmart: How to pressure wash for plant health

All over the West, drought-ravaged gardens are coming back to life. The rain alone is pushing a banner growth year in the wild and in gardens, but many of the longer lived plants may need special attention. The new growth will be a huge lure for all the tiny bugs that seem to show up overnight, suddenly there as if by magic. That is the consequence of years when weather is unusual: The bugs get unusual, too.

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Style at Home: A family Fourth of July

Sometimes you don't have to travel very far to get that refreshed, just-been-on vacation feeling. That's how it was the first time I had dinner at Sandy's cottage on the lake. Even though it's just a stone's throw from the city, spending the evening at this family's weekend retreat gave me the same reboot power as a long weekend away.

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Meet Amador's rose ambassador to the world

Steve Jones, past president of the American Rose Society and World Federation of Rose Societies, provides a look at his private rose garden in Fiddletown, Calif.
Debbie Arrington The Sacramento Bee
Meet Amador's rose ambassador to the world 1:47

Meet Amador's rose ambassador to the world

Do you like fresh fruit? A drive to Orangevale will make you happy! 2:01

Do you like fresh fruit? A drive to Orangevale will make you happy!

5 new local home-delivery services 2:00

5 new local home-delivery services

See flower magic in Sierra garden 1:45

See flower magic in Sierra garden