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Variegated Lavender allardi 'Meerlo. Photo: Sunset Western Garden Collection

[sidebar]Janet Sluis is one of our featured speakers at Garden Life: Art, Flowers, & Food, a day of lectures and workshop co-sponsored by Pacific Horticulture and the Marin Art & Garden Center.

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Janet Sluis is a real gardener. Just like you and me, her goal is a beautiful, comfortable landscape that enhances her home and the time she gets to spend in the garden.

I recently had a chance to chat with Janet about her role as product developer for the Sunset Western Garden Collection and plants we should be planting:

LEF: How does a plant make the cut to be included in the Collection?

JS: We’re choosing plants based on their ability to provide a positive experience for gardeners. We want both homeowners and professional horticulturists to be successful. That means we’re selecting plants for smaller landscapes and container gardens—compact plants minimize pruning maintenance. Of course, low water use is a big concern, but tolerating dry conditions varies ...

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