What to Do in Your Garden in March

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What to Do in Your Garden in March


SHOPPING

* Perennials. Several Northern California nurseries offer a wide variety of perennials by mail, including Canyon Creek Nursery (www.canyoncreeknursery.com or 530/533-2166), Digging Dog Nursery (www.diggingdog.com or 707/937-1130), and Mountain Valley Growers (www.mountainvalleygrowers.com or 559/338-2775).

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PLANTING

* Scented geraniums. Known botanically as Pelargonium, these 1- to 3-foot-tall perennials (grown as annuals in Sunset climate zones 1 and 2) are valued for the fragrance exuded by their leaves when bruised or brushed against. Scents include apple, apricot, ginger, lemon, nutmeg, peppermint, and rose. Plants are available at many local nurseries, or by mail from Geraniaceae (catalog $4.50; www.geraniaceae.com or 415/461-4168) and Mountain Valley Growers (see above).

* Shrubs. Before buying that pretty new camellia, rhododendron, or other ornamental shrub at the nursery, check the label (or the Sunset Western Garden Book) to determine its mature height and spread. Plant only shrubs that will fit the given space when fully grown.

* Summer bulbs. Plant agapanthus, caladium, canna, gladiolus, lilies, nerine, tuberose, tuberous begonias, watsonia--and, of course, dahlias (see page 61 for more about summer bulbs). Try these tips for growing dahlias from Walter Andersen Nursery in San Diego (619/224-8271): Plant tubers at a 45[degrees] angle, with the eye (bud) up, and provide each one with a stake at planting time. …

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