Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

May, 2008
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

I love alyssum. It's simple to grow, requires little or no care, has no fancy soil requirements, and comes back year after year. A friend gave me a pot of tulips that had been planted with alyssum as a border. The tulips faded so I dug out the alyssum and planted it in my little garden. It has only been a few weeks and it's thriving. Alyssum is drought resistant, grows in all zones, withstands sun or shade, blooms in even rocky soil, and comes in four colors : white, lavender, purple, and yellow. You can't go wrong with it.


75 Remarkable Fruits for Your Garden
I am lucky enough to be on the mailing list for many publishing companies and receive new gardening books on a regular basis. Every once in a while one stands out among the rest, and 75 Remarkable Fruits for Your Garden, by Jack Staub (Gibbs Smith Publisher, 2008; $19.95), is one of those. The illustrations by Ellen Buchert are colorful, simple, and bring to mind 19th-century botanical drawings. Each fruit depicted in the book has its own particular history that's both charming and informative. There are even recipes for serving them up.


Today's site banner is by ge1836 and is called "Coleus Dipped in Wine"