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...

Primrose Jasmine, Thickets, Cherimoyas

The more I learn about primrose jasmine, the more I like it.  This time of year, it’s nice to look at, too.  Long shoots are bedazzled with butter yellow blooms.  Primrose jasmine will cover a ...

Laurustinus for full sun to semi-shade

In Los Angeles, February is known as the month when winter merges into spring.  The Super Bowl, in early February, coincides with a major botanical event:  the onset of flowering — known scient...

Roses, Cocoa Mulch, and Turmeric

In response to a query posed in a recent column regarding favorite rose varieties and their care, I received the following response from Scott Corwin, who gardens in Glendora, and whose roses were bl...