When you plant your garden this spring, get in touch with your surroundings, and find suitable shrubs, flowers and foods for your yard's various microclimates.

While it might sound obvious, many people compete with nature and end up wasting resources. If you have bone-dry spots, plant waterwise species, and you won't need to turn on the hose very often. Learn more about waterwise gardening techniques here.

Not sure what to plant where? Visit E-Flora, the electronic atlas of plants of B.C., developed by UBC Department of Geology professor Brian Klinkenberg. Or check out GardenWise magazine's online sustainable gardening guide.