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Three drought-tolerant native bunch grasses

Posted on April 29, 2016

If you are looking for a pretty, California native bunch grass that is fine textured, water-wise and resistant to deer, consider Deer... Continue

Spring forward – It’s time to plant your garden

Posted on March 14, 2016
Spring forward – It’s time to plant your garden

(Karen Boness | Sonoma Sun Garden Editor) Woohoo! Spring has sprung here in Sonoma. Isn’t it gorgeous outside? The hills are bright... Continue

Trees of Sonoma Plaza: Strawberry

Posted on February 5, 2016
Trees of Sonoma Plaza: Strawberry

Strawberry trees (Arbutus “Marina”) are blooming and fruiting about town. You can see some along the bike path in Olsen Park and... Continue

Get ready for stricter rules for landscape watering

Posted on November 4, 2015
Get ready for stricter rules for landscape watering

I recently attended a workshop about the 2015 revisions to California’s Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (WELO) and it’s clear... Continue

Seven garden chores for October

Posted on October 19, 2015
Seven garden chores for October

I love this time of year in Sonoma. The early morning crispness in the air whispers autumn. Leaves are just starting to turn color.... Continue

Trees of Sonoma Plaza: The Cork Oak

Posted on August 21, 2015
Trees of Sonoma Plaza: The Cork Oak

According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) the Cork Oak (Quercus suber), one of the trees of the Sonoma Plaza, is a priority species.... Continue

Saving water with purple flowers

Posted on June 26, 2015
Saving water with purple flowers

On the color wheel, purple is classified as a secondary color. Secondary colors are created by combining two primary colors. Purple... Continue

Think pink: Five drought tolerant plants

Posted on June 2, 2015
Think pink: Five drought tolerant plants

When I was very young I only wanted to wear pink. I was thrilled when I got pink colored candy and yearned for pink toys, a pink school... Continue

Four drought tolerant plants with orange flowers

Posted on April 13, 2015
Four drought tolerant plants with orange flowers

Orange is a happy color. It is associated with good health, vitality and vitamin C. But according to some research, the color orange... Continue

Accents of blue

Posted on March 19, 2015
Accents of blue

Did you know that most people consider blue to be their favorite color? And did you also know that the color blue is used more in corporate... Continue