Synopses & Reviews
Take the guesswork out of picking the best plants for your California garden.
Do you ever wish you had a neighbor who could teach you about the best plants for your
backyard? Wouldn’t that be great? Well, guess what—you do! Authors Bruce and Sharon Asakawa are just like friendly next-door neighbors who share their years of experience in knowing which plants are the best for your California garden (northern or
southern). Whether you’re a beginning gardener, new to the area, or an old hand who’s looking for some new ideas, this is the book for you. California Getting Started Garden Guide
features* Features 170 plant recommendations—chosen just for gardeners in California for their ease of growing and maintenance and for the beauty they offer
* Every plant type—from flowers and groundcovers to trees and shrubs, and everything in between, including water-wise selections
* Design tips to help you add color and beauty to your garden
* Advice on planting, growing, and care (including pest control)
* A large color photograph of each plant so you can take this book with you when you shop! Before you buy another plant and cross your fingers, hoping that it works in your garden, get your copy of California Getting Started Garden Guide. You’ll be glad you did.
Full-color plant photos and complete growing instructions for the native plants of California.
Bruce Asakawa and Sharon Asakawa are the most highly respected expert garden writers in California. They appear twice weekly on Garden Compass, a radio program that is broadcast throughout California and is very popular with TV shows on gardening.
Have you ever wondered which plants and flowers to grow in California, and how to do it? The California Getting Started Garden Guide features region-specific advice on planting, growing, and caring for more than 150 of California’s top ornamental and native plants. From flowers and grasses to trees and palms, this step-by-step guide includes useful information for the novice and experienced gardener alike, geared exclusively toward the particular climatic concerns of Californians. With gorgeous full-color photos of each plant, this book will increase the enjoyment and satisfaction of any gardener hoping to learn about—and master—the natural environment of California.
About the Author
has been active in the green industry, landscape design, and gardening communication for most of his life. He graduated from Cal Poly, Pomona, with a major in landscape architecture, then went on to develop and teach horticulture classes with the University of California Extension Program. During the early nineties, Bruce was asked to host the West Coast Garden Line, the popular live call-in garden radio show that aired throughout California. Several years ago, the program became Garden Compass with co-hosts Sharon Asakawa and John Bagnasco.
Sharon Asakawa and her husband Bruce are, without question, the most highly respected gardening experts in California. Sharon has been part of the nursery industry for decades. She began working in their family gardening center shortly after marrying Bruce in the early 1960s. Ultimately, she was in charge of the floral department where she gained hands-on practical experience. As their business grew, Sharon and Bruce began leading garden tours to great locales around the world, helping introduce the garden travelers to notable gardens and plants. In addition to this book for Cool Springs Press, Sharon is the author or co-author of Bruce and Sharon Asakawa's California Gardener's Guide, California Gardener's Handbook, California Gardening Rhythms, Jackson and Perkins Beautiful Roses Made Easy, and Jackson and Perkins Selecting, Growing, and Combining Outstanding Perennials.She is also co-host of the nationally syndicated GardenLife Radio Show, which reaches 1.1 million listeners every weekend.
Table of Contents
Welcome to Gardening in California Annuals
Bulbs, Corms, Rhizomes, and Tubers
Waterwise Plants Glossary
Meet Bruce and Sharon Asakawa