March has us thinking about the summer garden. Even though the days may still be cold, there are many plants flowering now. Alyogyne huegelii is one of our favorites, a long-blooming, drought-tolerant shrubby member of the Mallow family. Blue and purple and pink are the colors of spring, with bulbs like Scilla and Freesia looking

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With so much of the East Bay already developed, steep hillside gardens are becoming increasingly important for providing outdoor space. Steep sites often require extra structural work to carve out terraces and walkways. The challenge presented by retaining walls in the garden has a flip side – new opportunities for unique garden features. At this

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was last week. Wisteria buds are swelling into panicles, and the fresh leaves are unfurling on rosebushes and flowering trees all around the Bay Area. Do you have an annual maintenance plan for your landscape or garden?