Magazine article Sunset

River of Grass

Magazine article Sunset

River of Grass

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A RIBBON of black mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens) courses like a stream down a slope in this garden. It rounds the bend between creamy, mounding Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola') and a yellow-flowered sedum (Sedum rupestre 'Angelina') Clumps of lavender rise like mountains in the background.


Early in the month, in coastal and inland regions, continue to sow seeds of beet, carrot, onion, pea, radish, Swiss chard, and turnip. Set out seedlings of broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. In the foothills and Central Valley, sow seeds of pea and spinach, and plant sets or cloves of garlic and onions.

Plant spring-blooming bulbs, such as daffodils and tulips, in holes three times as wide as the bulb's diameter. Add a tablespoon of organic fertilizer high in phosphorus and potassium to each hole, refill with soil, and soak the area completely.


Turn off the irrigation system once rains start. Water only if there's no rainfall for two weeks.

Replace rotting fence posts before winter winds begin. Set new posts in concrete (one bag per post) that extends an inch above soil surface. …

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