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

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

It’s possible to lift the sod and fill the hole underneath.

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

DEAR HELOISE: I blew a candle out too hard the other day and got wax on a wallpapered wall. How can I remove the wax without ruining the wallpaper?

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.

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

Save water every time you bathe by putting less in your 25-gallon bathtub.

Chris McLaughlin will never look at a plant the same way again. The longtime master gardener and author has written six books (including three gardening titles for the “Complete Idiot’s Guide” series), but her focus on flowers shifted when she discovered how to make natural dyes.

Found flowers are part of an international celebration, sharing unexpected smiles with the help of generous florists and growers.

Busy holiday week ends with a bang with fireworks galore.

These popular trees come in various sizes from 3 feet to 30 feet when mature. Save yourself work by planting what will be the right size tree for the right spot.

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

DEAR HELOISE: I love to use cloth napkins in my home, because they look prettier than paper and are more environmentally stable. However, many female guests leave lipstick marks on the napkins after using them. Do you have a hint for removing these stains?

Stop the drips and save a lot of water.

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

Sacramento homeowners struggling to stuff all their yard waste into the city’s green bins now have a new place to send it: the Sacramento Zoo.

It might be practical, of course, to decorate your home with neutral colors and muted earth tones. No need to worry about colors clashing if most everything is white, beige and light brown.

AIDS survivor Bob Hamm has helped many children and families living with HIV and AIDS, but his popular plant sales are going on indefinite hiatus.

Potential savings can top 100 gallons a day.

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

Northern willowherb can be a bane to nurseries — and gardeners.

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

Mulch plants to keep roots cool and save water.

DEAR HELOISE: Do you have some hints on how to clean entry doors?

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.

Farming wasn’t Vonita Murray’s first choice, but after making a drastic career change, the 38-year-old Navy veteran, former office manager and longtime fitness enthusiastic now believes digging in the dirt, growing food and being her own boss may be the dream job she has always wanted.

Drought-tolerant native will keep your landscape buzzing.

Use a pan to wash produce, then re-purpose the water to give plants a drink.

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