Magazine article Sunset

What to Do in Northern California October

Magazine article Sunset

What to Do in Northern California October

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GROUNDCOVER FOR SHADE Grow Vinca minor 'Illumination' to brighten low-light garden spaces with its green-edged yellow leaves. Sources include Plant Delights Nursery (planntdelights.com or 919/772-4794).

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LEARN ABOUT COLORFUL GRASSES

In his latest book, The American Meadow Garden (Timber Press, 2009; $35), expert John Greenlee recommends these grasses for cool-season color: Andropogon, Japanese blood grass, Miscanthus, Panicum, Schizachyrium, and Sporobolus.

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GROW PERENNIALS

Started now, they'll develop strong roots in the cool season and grow fast in spring. Flowerland, in Albany (flowerlandshop.com), has a large selection in 4-inch pots, including low-and tall-growing euphorbias, heirloom roses, many natives, and large-species fuchsias such as F. arborescens.

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Fruit trees

Place orders for bare-root selections at nurseries now, for pickup and planting in late winter or early spring. Good sources include Alden Lane in Livermore (alden lane.com), Orchard Nursery & Florist in Lafayette (orchard nursery.com), and Yamagami's Nursery in Cupertino (yamagamis nursery. …

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