Flowers and Crop Rotation

The comfortable days of October are the best days to plant. This is true not only from the standpoint of Valley gardeners, but from the standpoint of trees, shrubs, ground covers, vines, bulbs, just ...

Kids entertained with planting seeds

Spring is traditionally heralded as the best season for planting seeds, but autumn is an equally propitious moment for this activity.In fact, you can create a new garden – by starting plants fr...

What to Plant Near a Pond

Q: We have a small backyard with a small pond in one corner. When we had the yard landscaped, we ended up with two Melaleucas near the pond. Bottom line, the roots from the Melaleucas have taken over...

If that plant’s a dud, replace it

If you have lived in the same neighborhood for nearly three decades, as I have done, and if you are an obsessive plant watcher, as I have been, you will have witnessed a fair share of horticultural f...

Ideally, Trees Should Never Be Pruned

Whenever I hear a complaint about trees, I am reminded of our precarious relationship with them. As part of our immediate environment, we demand that trees should be as close to us as is physically p...

How to successfully plant lemon verbena

It often happens that successful planting combinations happen entirely by chance. For years I marveled at my lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla) that thrived in the company of some ‘Judy Garland&...