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Drought needn't mean that spring skips your garden
Drought needn't mean that spring skips your garden

For Southern California gardeners, March is a month of wistful promise. A little rain falls, and the possibilities for brilliant spring and summer planting — exploding colors, bountiful edibles — seem limitless. But you might want to stop daydreaming. The state's four-year drought has not ebbed, and that likely will mean continued watering restrictions and, worst case, water rationing. The cost of water is steadily climbing as well. What's a gardener to do? Plant smart, say landscaping professionals. This may be the year to give your usual spring-summer palette of thirsty annuals a rest. Walk right past the petunias, begonias and lobelia and make some interesting,...

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