• Posts Tagged ‘Deer-resistant’

    Deer-resistant low growers for the Sierra foothills

    by  • September 24, 2016 • Drought tolerant plants, Plant Profiles • 0 Comments

    Creeping thyme and Ajuga

    27 favorite ‘ground covers’ Growing plants that ‘cover the ground’ means you have something to plant in the front of a flower bed, something for along the edge of paths and, importantly, something that prevents weeds from growing.  You can even ‘create’ a lawn-like area that doesn’t take the maintenance of usual lawn care. All...

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    Discover Hummingbird Mint!

    by  • June 27, 2016 • Plant Profiles • 3 Comments

    Hyssop or Agastashe or Hummingbird mint

    A plant I’d love to see in local nurseries… Considering their long-lasting vibrant blooms, hardiness and resistance to drought, deer, extreme temps, Hyssops or Agastache offer plenty of food for butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. What more can a gardener ask for? No wonder they’re adored by gardeners far and wide – with several varieties hardy to USDA...

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    Spicy mints in the foothill garden

    by  • August 30, 2012 • Garden, Plant Profiles • 8 Comments

    Spicy mints? “Much Virtue in Herbs, little in Men.” – Benjamin Franklin The rich, spiciness of these plants makes them useful in cooking, and nearly half the spices in your kitchen come from this one family, including basil, rosemary, lavender, marjoram, germander, thyme, savory, plus culinary sage and of course mint, peppermint, and spearmint....

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    Planting wildflower ‘muffins’

    by  • April 15, 2011 • Garden, How to, Spring • 4 Comments

    The seedlings were ready to be planted.  They were sown last January first, from the same CA native wildflower seed mix from S&S Seeds purchased last Fall and sown for the meadow project. The blocks were a bit dry after a week of no rain and the seed tray was deep enough that a fork worked well to lift or...

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    Planning a large forest garden

    by  • March 5, 2011 • Garden, How to, Projects, Winter • 15 Comments

    Becoming stewards of our forest For some of us, here in the California foothills, especially those who live near the national forest, nature provides the perfect landscaping. Using the existing trees and native plants can help your garden design blend smoothly into the surrounding landscape.  Caring for  a large forest property has its challenges and...

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    First Flower Beds

    by  • May 1, 2006 • Garden, landscaping • 0 Comments

    We have lived here for 8 months and five of those in the new house. As far as the garden goes, the first big priority was to dispose of the huge piles of construction debris...our responsibility according to our contract with Western Homes.

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