Flowerless Anthurium and Buggy Eugenia

I have been puzzled as to why one of my Anthurium plants will not bloom!  I have one that puts out so many “flowers” and is beautiful.  They are a light pink color.  The other one had red...

Musk Roses and Black Flowers

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 are...

Yucca, Tangerine, and Hellebore

  What do a yucca tree, a tangerine tree, and a hellebore have in common?  Not much, really, except that, if you live in the San Fernando Valley, you can grow all three of them in your own backy...

4 Worst Weeds in California Gardens

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

Aleppo Pine

“For about 8 years we enjoyed a lovely Aleppo pine on my hillside yard.  This tree was purchased in a large box and was quite mature when we brought it in and it flourished for many years.  We ...

History of the Potato

I have written about Michael Kappel in this column on several occasions and I am about to do so again. Kappel, who gardens in Westwood despite a disabling spinal cord injury, offers unique solutions ...

Living Art

Gerda Maxey is an artist in the truest sense.   As you tour her home and garden in Sylmar, you appreciate Maxey’s need to be surrounded by art, both indoors and out.  Maxey is a portraitist and her w...

Goodbye Stocks, Hello Exotics

  If you visit Worldwide Exotics Nursery in Lakeview Terrace, I promise that you will encounter numerous plants that you have never seen before and will probably never see again, unless you take...