Sunday, June 20, 2021

Video - How to grow Gladiolus


I love to mix Gladiolus in with my roses because they seem to bloom when the roses are in between their blooms. In this video I show you some of the the basics on growing this great cut flower. See the video description for more information and where to buy Gladiolus. Video by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Photo - Dark Star Ceanothus


This California native shrub is very drought tolerant and great for slopes.

Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Friday, June 18, 2021

Video - More Hybrid Tea Roses vs Floribunda Roses


Time for more roses! Here's the follow up to my most popular video from 2020. This video has 20 of my favorite hybrid tea roses as well as 20 wonderful floribunda roses. There is a list of all the roses below and where to buy them in the video description.

Video by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Photo - Bee on Pink Hawthorn


 Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Video - Doug's Top 10 Plants for Slopes


Here are my top 10 plants for slopes. These are the non succulents that I love to use to spice up a slope. They run the range from California natives to simple ground covers.

Video by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Monday, June 14, 2021

Photo - Summer squash flower with a bee


Kudos to the hardworking bees that pollinate the flowers that lead to our food.

Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design 

 

Video - How to roast Summer Squash


Summer Squash is easy to grow from seed, even in containers. We used 21 inch cheap pots and 3 months later we had these beauties. My wife, Lisa, shows you how to roast the squash. Video by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Video - Doug's Top 10 Materials for Outdoor Patios


Are you looking for ideas for a new outdoor patio? Here are my top 10 favorite materials. From Pavers to tile to decking. This video shows examples of them all plus rough costs of these materials. See the video description for links to even more information on these materials.

Video by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Friday, June 11, 2021

Video - Wild Mustard

Wild Mustard (Sinapis arvensis) is the weed that won over the world. This annual has been found from Texas to the North Pole. From China to California, Wild Mustard has been used for food and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Here in San Diego, California, Wild Mustard is a critical source of food for bees and the seeds are eaten by a wide range of wildlife.

Video by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Photo - Redbud flowers

This is one of my favorite small trees, the Forest Pansy Redbud.  Each spring the tree is full of these dainty pink flowers.  The tree will reach about 15 feet and wide in average conditions.  About 20 feet tall in ideal conditions.

Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

 

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Video - Doug's Top 10 Succulents for Slopes

Succulents are a great plant to use on slopes because they are drought tolerant, fire resistant and very low maintenance. These succulents will work for zones 9-11. There is a list below of the plants from this video. Video by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Video - The Cape Chestnut Tree


This African beauty is tough to find but gorgeous to behold. Video by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Video - The Jacaranda Tree

Here is one of the most spectacular flowering trees in the Southern United States (and Europe). The native of South America puts on an incredible show every spring.
Jacaranda trees do best in zones 9 - 11.

Video by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Photo - The Bottle Tree


The Bottle Tree (Brachychiton populneus) is a drought tolerant native of Australia. This evergreen tree can reach 50 feet in height with a spread of 40 feet. Small white flowers cover this tree in the spring, providing a valuable source of food for birds and bees.

Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Video - The Bottle Tree

The Bottle Tree (Brachychiton populneus) is a drought tolerant native of Australia. This evergreen tree can reach 50 feet in height with a spread of 40 feet. Small white flowers cover this tree in the spring, providing a valuable source of food for birds and bees.


Video by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design