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DIY

Chasing Your Pozo Blues Away

Fri, April 24, 2020

By Taylor Lewis, nursery manager

Hello again! Back in January, 2020 while doing some winter cleanup for a client, the question arose of what to do with a huge, happy Salvia ‘Pozo Blue’. Can it be pruned? How far back? Do it in stages to avoid shocking the plant? Just deadhead spent blooms?

Not Kitten Around: Pruning Catmint

Mon, March 02, 2020
While passing the catmint, I can see it’s time for a haircut. They’re looking rather winter haggard wearing a grayish-brown coat from last years fall line. Nepeta x faassenii, better known as a Catmint, is one of my favorites groundcovers. You can cut this cat back anytime of the year, as hard as you want and as often as you want.

Low Down on Leucantha

Mon, March 02, 2020
If it’s January in the Valley and you’ve got a Salvia leucantha (Mexican bush sage) planted in your yard, there’s a good chance it looks very much like this one. I promise you they appreciate a hard cut in the winter.

Sage Advice: How to prune Salvia

Thu, February 27, 2020
Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy Salvia greggii and microphylla. Most of the questions I get asked about Salvia are in regards to pruning.

Demystifying Myrtles: Pruning Lagerstroemia

Fri, February 21, 2020

By Taylor Lewis, nursery manager

Months of color, drought-tolerant, Valley-appropriate, fast-growing, easy-care — these traits are a few reasons that crape myrtles (Lagerstroemia indica), and their many cultivars, have become one of the most widely used home landscape, commercial, parking lot, median strip, landscape trees in the Sacramento Valley. So, what’s the mystery?

To prune or not to prune: Chinese Fringe Flower

Fri, February 14, 2020

By Taylor Lewis, nursery manager, Arboretum Teaching Nursery

Today (11/29/19), I noticed that my Chinese fringe flower (Lorapetalum chinensis) was in need of a haircut. This is a specimen currently located in the demonstration planting beds adjacent to the Arboretum Teaching Nursery. Because I inherited it, I’m unsure which cultivar it is; my best guess is Lorapetalum chinensis ‘Razzleberry’. 

Need landscape design help? There's an app for that!

Tue, August 07, 2018
Intimidated by landscaping? There are now a number of online services available to help with the landscape design of your home garden. Check out these landscaping online services and apps!

Pet-friendly gardens

Mon, June 19, 2017
How to create a pet-friendly garden with plants that enrich your pets' lives and your garden's aesthetic.

May Garden Tips

Thu, April 27, 2017
Gardening tips for weather changes in May

Life After Lawn Advice: Plant for Year-round Color

Tue, February 28, 2017
The Bayon’s front yard displays Eva’s passion for and education in botany. An avid plant collector, Eva and her husband have created a miniature rock garden in their relatively small yard with the artistic placement of boulders and rock mulch, all anchored and softened by a variety of perennials that range in size, color and growing habits.