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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect Apple Hill’s 50th anniversary from a version originally published on Oct. 14, 2013.
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.”
Jerusalem sage is a stately plant that grows upwards of 3 feet tall and spreads its woody branches as wide as 6 feet. The plant is well worth growing, even though it takes up a lot of real estate.
The smoke tree is especially gorgeous twice each year. In late spring or early summer it explodes into bloom, and by mid-June the tips of all of the branches look like pinkish wisps of smoke.
A huge challenge for Sacramento Valley and foothill gardeners is finding plants compatible with the needs of stately native oaks. We’ve all been warned not to plant thirsty shrubs beneath the oaks.
Tower of Jewels comes by its name honestly. In its second year it sends up a plump stalk that, in full bloom, is covered with spirals of coral colored flowers that eventually fade to blue. The flowering stalks can reach 7 feet or more. It is a s...
Each autumn without fail, the Chinese pistache trees turn to flame. The entire tree suddenly explodes with color: brilliant reds, deep oranges, and bright yellows.
Most gardeners discover rockroses while driving down the freeway. Suddenly one spring morning those hardly noticeable dark green shrubs growing along freeway ramps and medians are covered in bright pink or white crepe paper-like flowers, and you...
Sea holly's silvery white foliage tinged with deep blue looks fresh and lush.
Stalwarts in the sun-loving, water-efficient garden must include plants such as rosemary and lavender. But there are hundreds more plants that perform admirably in our climate, many of which offer year-around interest.