Now that fall has arrived, you might have noticed something a bit strange going on. You expect for leaves to change color and drop off of deciduous trees, and for flowers to stop blooming as we head toward the cooler part of the year. And yet, suddenly you’re noticing what looks like a second spring….

Leaves changing color in fall time.

We all learned about the types of trees in fifth grade science class. Evergreen trees, like pine trees, stay green all year long, while deciduous trees change color in the fall before the leaves drop. But most of us didn’t learn why this occurs, or maybe you’ve forgotten and now you feel curious. First, let’s…

Locally grown pumpkins in the fall on a truck.

Visiting a nearby pumpkin patch has become a fall tradition for many families. But wouldn’t it be fun to grow your own? All you need is a little garden space, and you can grow your own pumpkin patch to enjoy next autumn! Consider varieties carefully. There are over 100 different varieties of pumpkins, and you…

Gingko tree during autumn just before losing leaves

The dinosaurs might have died out millions of years ago, but many of the plants alive during that time still survive today! Some are the sole surviving species of their genus or family, and remain virtually unchanged from prehistoric times. Current conservation efforts aim to preserve these species for many years to come. Moss. Believe…

Leaves changing color in fall time.

Most of us appreciate the cooler weather that arrives with autumn, and we all know about the fervor over pumpkin spice lattes, scented candles, and other products. But fall can also serve as the perfect opportunity for some fun outdoor projects, to decorate your yard and have fun with the kids. Fall decorating can go…

barks and berries

Even though our winters in Southern California are not exactly bleak and barren, they can seem a little boring when compared to our colorful spring and summer seasons. Living in a mild climate might cause you to wish for a bit more of a true “winter feel” in the great outdoors. Luckily, we have plenty…

black pansies

Each Halloween, hordes of ghosts, goblins, monsters, and other creatures come knocking at your door. Many people choose to welcome their trick-or-treaters with a few jack-o-lanterns, themed decorations, or fall blooms on the front porch. If sprucing up the garden and front steps are your thing, we have one more idea for you: How about…

Fall color

For many of us, our minds associate Fall with hayrides, pumpkin patches, cooler weather, and glorious fall color. But as we know here in Southern California, many of those associations are in our minds! Most of the more dramatic changes that occur along with Autumn will happen on the East Coast and in the North….

compost bin of fall leaves

Fall is only just beginning, and spring seems a long way off. So, you’re probably not thinking too much about spring planting! But, we have found that gardeners who tackle these three fall garden tasks find themselves much happier in the spring! In exchange for a little extra work now, you can save yourself hours…

red chrysanthemums

If you’re looking for a full and dense fall bloom that comes in a variety of colors, we have the perfect perennial flower for you. Chrysanthemums reach their prime at this time of year, and they’re very easy to cultivate. Our quick guide will get you started. Consider size. Chrysanthemums are available in a variety…

Fallen leaves

Fall will arrive any day now and with it will come an array of colorful leaves. Are you ready to fire up your leaf blower? If you’re like most people, you have a leaf blower, or at least a rake, on standby to deal with all that fallen foliage. Then you will either bag them…

Stunning Fall Garden

When you think of fall, gardening might not be the first thing that comes to mind. After all, many of us associate spring and summer as “gardening time”, and resign ourselves to viewing fall and winter as boring. That doesn’t have to be true at all! There are plenty of ways to create a stunning…

Fall has arrived, bringing with it cooler temperatures (on some days!) and vibrant colors! But if your landscape is looking a little less autumnal than you would like (as landscapes tend to do here in Southern California), you might wish to incorporate a fall theme into your yard.

Have you been walking or driving around your neighborhood recently, noticing the beautiful fall colors in your neighbors’ yards? Have you been wishing your yard had the same bursts of vibrant fall color? If so, you might be suffering from yard envy. Luckily for you, there’s a simple solution to this problem. With some careful…