Author Archives: Meghan Shinn

Planting Annuals: Two Key Tips

planting annuals

Whether you’re planting annuals in containers or in the ground, follow these two tips to make them settle in and look their best through the months to come. These tips may seem a little counter-intuitive, but they work!

Bird Feeders: Take Them Down in Spring

bird feeder

If you’ve been helping your local wild birds by supplying them with birdseed through the winter, that’s wonderful. However, once spring ramps up it’s time to take the feeders down.

Spring Allergies: Tips for Gardeners

spring allergy tree pollen

Don’t let seasonal allergies hamper your enthusiasm for gardening. Trees, grasses and weeds are the most common culprits in producing allergic reactions, because they rely on wind to disperse their lightweight pollen. (Happily, many favorite garden plants rely on bees …

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Groundcover Junipers New for 2017

jazzy jewel groundcover juniper

Even as spring-blooming bulbs, perennials and flowering shrubs build toward their peak of glory in the spring garden, we can’t help but praise a couple of groundcover junipers that are new from Monrovia this year. Get them onto your spring …

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Caradonna Salvia Is a Perennial Favorite

caradonna salvia

Virtues: Caradonna salvia is a popular variety thanks to its long bloom time and its bright purple flowers that stand out against their dark purple stems. It feeds bees and butterflies but resists deer and rabbits.

Adding Compost to Established Garden Beds

adding compost

You’ve likely read that the way to get a new garden off to the best start is by adding compost to the soil before planting anything. Can compost be used to improve the soil in existing gardens, too?