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Garden Q&A: Stop to smell the sweetbox plants

The other day I caught a sudden whiff of jasmine outside, but didn’t see any flowers to explain its source. Could it have been a plant? Fragrance on a wintry day can stop you in your tracks. You may have encountered the aptly-named sweetbox. Its white blooms, opening in February, …

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5 gorgeous ‘no-fuss’ plants that thrive on next to no water

Not all California native plants are equal. Some seem to thrive on neglect. Call these the ‘no-fuss’ natives. While such thrive-on-dry plants are sometimes touchy to establish, once settled they dislike extra water, mulching, fertilizing, and generally being fussed over. They prefer to be left alone. And don’t plant them …

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