Friday, May 7, 2021

Photo - Black Sage and a Bumblebee


 Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Video - Doug's Top 10 California Native Plants

California native plants are great for gardens here in the golden state because they are drought tolerant, low maintenance, forgiving of bad soil and attract a wide array of wildlife. Here are my 10 favorite plants.
Video by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Video - Mexican Bush Sage

Here is my favorite plant that I use for landscape designs, the Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha). This plant is a hummingbird magnet, drought tolerant and rabbit resistant. But the reason I love this plant is because it is very easy to grow. Try it out!

Video by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Monday, May 3, 2021

Photo - Axillary growth on a rose stem

 

When it's time to deadhead your roses, look for the little growth bud where a 5 leaf leaflet meets the rose stem.

Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Video - How to deadhead your roses


Want more rose blooms from your garden? Then it's time to deadhead your roses. Cutting off the spent blooms will get you another round of blooms if you follow the simple steps in this video.

Video by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Video - Dog Park Daisies


Every spring the Fiesta Island dog park explodes with millions of wildflowers. It is the largest wildflower bloom in the city of San Diego. Because the dog park is 90 acres of undeveloped land that was set aside for the dogs, we are all rewarded with this spectacular show in March and April.

Video by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Video - My top 40 Garden Photos

Thank you to all my viewers. This week I reached the 500 subscriber milestone. Over the last 16 years of designing gardens I have taken over 5,000 photos. Here are my 40 best ones. Which on do you like best? Let me know in the comment section.

Thank you again for watching and subscribing. Video by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Monday, April 26, 2021

Video - Doug's Top 10 Succulents

Here is the ultimate in drought tolerant, low maintenance plants. These 10 succulents compliment each other beautifully and can be used to create a wonderful garden.
Video by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Video - Follow up on a Helping a Sick Orange Tree


2 months ago I did a video on helping a sick orange tree. Here is the follow up to show you how GroPower help restore vigor to this tree.
Video by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Photo - Bee on Milkweed (Asclepias)


Asclepias (Milkweed) is great for attracting bees and butterflies.

Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design



 

Photo - Monarch Butterfly Coming in for a Landing


Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

 

Video - The Magic of Milkweed

Are you looking for a simple way to celebrate Earth Day? Plant some Milkweed. 3 months ago I planted two and now they are full of bees, butterflies and caterpillars. Video by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Photo - Bees on a Sunflower

Bees are incredibly important to our environment and food supply. Here are some happy bees rocking out to flowers in my neighborhood.

Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

 

Video - Bees in Spring

Bees are incredibly important to our environment and food supply. Here are some happy bees rocking out to flowers in my neighborhood.

Video by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Photo - Rosemary


Rosemary has many uses in the garden.  My wife loves to use it for cooking as you can see in the below video.

Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

 

Video - How to make really easy rosemary chicken


My wife is a great cook and when time is tight she will just grab some chicken and herbs from our garden for something easy.

Video by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Video - Doug's Top 10 Plants for Shady Gardens

One of the most common questions I get from clients is, "What can I plant in that shady spot of my garden?" Here are top 10 favorite plants for shade gardens.

Video by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Friday, April 16, 2021

Video - Take a big dump....of rocks


Here comes 10 tons of 3/4" Arizona Cobble rock mulch. This delivery is coming to an upscale front yard in Scripps Ranch part of San Diego, so squeezing the massive truck in between the Mercedes and the Tesla is a job for the professionals at Southwest Boulder & Stone. Video by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Photo - Country Manor Keystone Retaining Wall


To see how this wall was built, click on the video below.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design
Taken at a client's garden in La Mesa

 

Video - How to build a short keystone wall

Lots of landscaping problems can be solved by short keystone walls. Retaining walls, raised vegetable beds, seating walls and much more. This video will show how to build a short (under 3 foot tall) keystone wall.

Video BY Doug Kalal, Great Garden Landscape Design

Monday, April 12, 2021

Video - A hummingbird enjoying my succulents

My little rescue nursery has several succulents waiting to go to a client's garden. Today a little hummingbird discovered the aloe flowers.
Video by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Video - How pesticides almost robbed me of my children


Here is the story of our devastating heartbreak, joyous triumph and the rose garden in the middle of all of it.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Photo - Monarch Caterpillar Eating Milkweed


Milkweed is a tremendous plant for attracting butterflies.  Here's a Monarch caterpillar getting nice and fat on my milkweed.

Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

 

Video - Doug's Top 10 Plants for Butterfly Gardens

Want more butterflies in your garden? Here's Doug's Top 10 plants for Butterfly Gardens.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Video - Hummingbirds and bees love this 15 foot tall flower

The glorious Octopus Agave (Agave vilmoriniana) only flowers once in its life, but what a flower! Rising over 15 feet tall and lasting 6 months, this flower is a great source of food for bees and hummingbirds.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Video - A Little Rose Called Love

Once upon a time, love came in to my life along with a little hybrid tea rose called 'Love'. Here is that story.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Photo - Rose 'Double Delight'

Double Delight is an easy to grow hybrid tea rose with a wonderful fragrance.

Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

 

Video - Balboa Park Rose Garden

The Inez Grant Parker Rose Garden opened to the pubic in 1975 and it has grown into one the finest public rose gardens in the world. Here is a quick tour in March of 2021, about 1 month before the peak bloom. If you are in the San Diego area and you love roses, make sure to stop by. The garden is free and open to the public at all hours of the day. It is located at 2125 Park Blvd on the edge of Balboa Park.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Video - My Favorite Tree for Small Spaces: The Forest Redbud

Here is my go to tree for tight spaces. This is the Forest Pansy Redbud. This is a tree for all seasons. Dainty pink flowers herald the arrival of spring. Majestic purple foliage provides shade in summer. The cool crisp weather of Autumn transforms the foliage to various shades of yellow and orange. The beautiful architecture of the unusual branches are most visible in winter.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Video - 30 Great Colorful Foliage Plants for Your Garden


Looking for some color in your garden? Who needs a flower when you have these plants to give you a pop of color. The 30 Great Color Plant series concludes with my favorite foliage plants. From shrubs to annuals, sun to shade, here are some great plants. There is a list of all the plants and where to buy them in the video description.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Video - 10 Ways to Use Decomposed Granite in your landscape


Decomposed Granite (DG) is a wonderful, permeable material for pathways, patios and much more as you will see in this video.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Video - The Ultimate Screening Shrub


Need some privacy from your neighbors? Here is the ultimate screening shrub. This is Columnar Podocarpus.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Video - 30 Great Hybrid Tea and Grandiflora Roses for Your Garden


Spring is here and it's time to go big! If you want big roses then you want a hybrid tea or grandiflora rose. Here are 30 of my favorites.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Video - Start a hummingbird war with this succulent


This is Coral Aloe (Aloe striata), one of the easiest to grow succulents around. The flowers explode in early spring and the hummingbirds go crazy at that time. The plant will get about 24" wide and 12" with a 24" tall flower.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Video - How to install artificial turf


Are you tired of that old weed infested lawn? Between all the water and maintenance, an artificial turf lawn will pay for itself in about 5 years. Here's how to install an artificial turf lawn. The turf seen in this video is Turf Pro 84 . See the link in the description for info on this product. The steps are also listed in the description.

Video by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Video - The wind on the water

Ok, so this has nothing to do with gardening. But while I was waiting for my son's practice to end, I went to over to Lake Murray (Eastern side of San Diego, California) and saw this...the wind on the water. This view was so peaceful I had to share it with all of you.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Video - 30 Great Multicolor Flowering Plants for Your Garden


The color series continues with multicolor flowering plants. Roses, Hibiscuses, Dahlias and mulch more, here comes an explosion of all the colors in the rainbow.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Video - Shopping for my garden at Costco


This is time of year that Costco has a nice garden section displayed in the middle of their stores. Here's a quick tour of what they have at my Costco along with my notes on my favorites.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Video - Eye catching color that's easy to grow


Meet the Jester! This is Leucadendron sp. 'Jester', also known as the Jester Conebush. This plant is loaded with colorful foliage all year around.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Video - 30 Great Orange Flowering Plants for Your Garden

The color series continues with orange flowering plants. Orange is a great color for attracting bees, hummingbird and butterflies to your garden.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Video - 30 Great Floribunda Roses for Your Garden

Floribunda roses are great for creating masses of breathtaking color in a garden. Here are my 30 favorite floribunda roses for your garden.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Video - How to install a travertine tile walkway

Travertine tile is a great material for outdoor walkways and patios. Here's how it gets installed. There's a vendor list at the end of the description.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Video - 30 Great Blue Flowering Plants for Your Garden

The color series continues with blue flowering plants. Blue is the rarest color in the garden and these 30 plants will add a powerful pop to your garden.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Photo - Concrete with expansion joints


This concrete is colored with Davis color - Medium Gray, Top Cast #3 finish
with 4' expansion joints

Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design


 

Video - 30 Great Pink Flowering Plants


The color series continues with pink flowering plants. Roses, Camellias and lots of other shrubs are among the plants you will see in this video.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Video - Drip Irrigation for Beginners


Drip irrigation is a very efficient way to water your landscape. This short video will cover some of the basics, from valves to lateral lines to emitters.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Video - Plants that will kick a rabbit's butt


Are you tired of rabbits chewing up your garden? Here are my 30 favorite plants that will kick those wild rabbits in the butt and send them scurrying to your neighbor's garden instead.