Pigweeds: Edible but Invasive

Back in August, I received an email from Ronald Chong, who gardens in Hacienda Heights. Chong sent a picture of a plant for which he sought identification.  I told him it looked like pigweed but we n...

Growing Money Trees Can Make You Rich

Money Tree = Jade Plant You might think the idea of a money tree started in ancient times yet all evidence points to it being a rather recent concept.  Some say that the money tree is a jade plant (C...

California Natives

If you are passionate about growing California natives, you might want to consider moving to Canyon Country, located in the Santa Clarita Valley. “I moved up to Canyon Country in 1987,” wrote Jim Van...

Northfolk Island Pines & Flame Vines

They are the most distinctive and unforgettable trees in Southern California gardens and landscapes.  Unlike palm trees, which also have an exotic look, there are not so many of them as to become bor...

‘Ballerina’ Rose & Hollyhock

I’m in love with a ballerina — a ‘Ballerina’ rose, that is. ‘Ballerina’ is a hybrid musk rose and hybrid musks, for reasons beyond comprehension, are seldom seen in the nursery trade. Hybrid musks ar...

California’s Worst Weeds

If there is one daily activity that unites the human race above all others, it’s weeding. Most people on Earth still grow at least some of the food they eat and, in order for their seeds to grow into...

Gardenias in Southern California

If you see yellow foliage on your gardenia bush and, after trying everything to ameliorate the situation, still see yellow and, even worse, fear that your plant may soon be ready for the compost heap...

Monocarpic Plants

For those of you who are into botanical trivia, see if you can answer the following existential (having to do with life and death) question: What do carrots, radishes, lettuce, agaves, fishtail palms...