Magazine article Sunset

In the SUNSET GARDEN

Magazine article Sunset

In the SUNSET GARDEN

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BOOK CLUB

The flower whisperer

These festive marigold garlands make up one of the many moments of genius in florist Ariella Chezar's new book, The Flower Workshop (Ten Speed Press; $25). The book, coauthored with Julie Michaels, gives stepby-step instructions for more than 45 projects that range from simple to spectacular using blooms, branches, and fruit.

EDIBLE GARDENING

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

If summer snuck up on you, don't worry: There's still time to catch up to tomato season. This month, plant seedlings of short-season varieties (those marked 72 days or less until maturity) that are "smaller than a baseball," recommends Scott Daigre, author and owner of Tomatomania. His top picks for summer-planted seedlings include 'Carmello', 'Jaune Flamme', 'Stupice', and 'Taxi'.

PRO TIP

PLANT THIS, NOTTHAT

Beloved for its fountainlike form and drought-tolerant nature, Mexican feather grass (Nassella tenuissima) has a dark side: hundreds of thousands of viable seeds, which can overtake natural ecosystems in California and Oregon. …

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