Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Glorious Gardens to Visit in Northern California
Glorious Gardens to Visit in Northern California, by Priscilla Dunhill and Sue Freedman (Three Rivers Press, 1993; $16), is a nice reference to keep on hand if you are interested in visiting public gardens. The information has been updated and is laid out geographically so that you can head north, south, east, or west and find the public gardens in that area.
Favorite or New Plant
Spider flower (cleome) is a beautiful annual for the cutting garden. It will reach 6 feet in ideal conditions, and the spidery-looking flowers are held on long stems -- perfect for arranging. They come in a range of colors: mauve, pink, cherry, purple, white, and deep pink.
Sow seed in full sun in fast-draining soil or plant from cell packs. Beware, the stems have spines so handle with gloves!