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Penny Hlavac

Taking Out the Lawn?

Timing is important. Summer is a great time to remove a lawn but hold off on planting your new drought tolerant plants until late fall, taking advantage of cooler temperatures and winter […]

Movement in the Garden

I love the contrasting foliage colors, the drought tolerance, and year-round dependability of succulents. But with their rigid water-filled stems and leaves, a succulent garden can appear somewhat static. California native wildflowers […]

Air Plants

When I had my patio cover repaired and painted, I had to move lots of heavy potted plants out of the way. This sort of thing is getting more challenging the older […]

Wildflowers in a Pandemic

Over the years I have gotten seeds of California native wildflowers from native plant sales, mail order sources, and friends. Now tidy tips, arroyo lupine, desert bluebells, California poppies, wind poppies, Dudley’s […]