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The Water-Efficient Landscape Gardens

 

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The WEL gardens at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center are open to the public seven days a week from sunrise to sunset for self-guided tours.

Wheelchair accessible, the gardens feature natives, commonly available perennials, trees, shrubs, and plants from other Mediterranean climates that do well with less water during our long, hot, dry summers and tolerate our chilly, damp Sacramento County winters. Most plants are labeled and many are UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars. The landscape demonstrates how home gardeners can be smart about using the water we have to create beautiful landscapes. (For more information see Gardening with Limited Water.)

January

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February

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March

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April

Garden chores this month include:

  • Weeds - Remove early germinating annual weeds such as bedstraw, cut leaf geranium and oxalis before they set seed, controlling bindweed. Managing weeds.
  • Tree sprouts – Pull up volunteer oak and other tree sprouts while watching out for garden pests and diseases.
  • Rosemary – Shape rosemary plants to prevent woodiness by trimming back selected branches by half, taking care not to cut into woody stems. For more information about pruning rosemary, see the UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County video Pruning Rosemary.
  • Native plants – Review growth of manzanitas, California golden currant and coast silktassel and prune as needed.
  • Water wise alternatives - Consider water wise, sustainable alternatives to lawns such as pathways, patios, raised planters, drip irrigation, dry creek beds, and permeable pavement.

May

May is the time to stop by and smell our roses, enjoy our spring blooming perennials, flowering cool season grasses and more.  Lavenders and salvias with names like Hot Lips, Lipstick, Bees Bliss and Whirly Blue are top May choices for pollinating bees and hoverflies. 

For information about plants that are attractive in Sacramento in May, see the WEL spring plant list.

Garden chores this month include:

June

Although the calendar says summer arrives June 20, our early June weather feels more like midsummer.  Many of our ornamental grasses are starting their long-lasting bloom cycles. Fresh blossoms of summer flowering sages, goldenrod, hummingbird plant, and santolina delight the eyes and beckon birds, bees and other beneficials.  See information about attracting beneficial insects to your garden (Garden Note 129) and Master Gardeners of Clackamas County, Oregon YouTube video Best Bee Flowers. Come see our volunteer sunflowers, lantana, butterfly bushes, and native sulfur buckwheat blooms.  Blue gray and lavender Russian sages, lamb’s ear, plumbagoes, society garlic, lantana, and verbenas add a cooling touch.

For plant choices that are attractive in Sacramento in June, go to the WEL spring and summer plant lists.

Garden chores this month include:

  • Weeds - Remove germinating annual weeds such as bedstraw, spotted spurge and oxalis before they set seed, and control bindweed. The UC IPM Weed Gallery is a good guide to identifying and controlling weeds.
  • Tree sprouts – Pull up oak and other tree sprouts.
  • Deadhead – Lavender, Jupiter’s beard, germander, Santa Barbara daisy, and santolina will benefit from pruning this month. For information on pruning Santa Barbara daisies see UCCE Master Gardeners YouTube video Prune Santa Barbara Daisies.
  • Native ceanothus, currants, and sages – Consider pruning and shaping these plants as they slow their growth in adjustment to the warm dry days ahead. A good resource for flower problems is the UC Integrated Pest Management website.

July

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August

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September

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October

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November

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December

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4145 Branch Center Road, Sacramento, CA 95827       Master Gardener Phone:  916.876.5338       Fax:  916.875.6233

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