California Natives at Soka U.

Although many of my favorite plants are California natives, I, like most other people, have a problem gardening exclusively with them. Once spring is over, I always thought, the native garden is much...

Crowning Glory of Tiara Street

A tiara is a crown, and it so happens that California poppies are the crowning glory of Tiara Street in North Hollywood, at least that portion of it that stretches between Bellaire and Goodland avenu...

Monkey Flowers

If you could plant nothing but monkey flowers, you would have a garden full of kaleidoscopic color all spring and summer long. Red, yellow, orange, pink, magenta, violet, white, and combinations of a...

Fuchsia-Flowering Gooseberry and Friends

If you are thinking about planting a north-facing slope and are looking for ideas, I suggest strolling along the Studio City River Walk between Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Whitsett Avenue. For some t...

Theodore Payne Foundation

If it has been a while since you last visited the Theodore Payne Foundation Nursery in Sun Valley, I highly recommend you go back and take another look. For years, although the people working there m...

Tough Plants

Just as we are getting ready to install our spring gardens, three publications come along to give guidance in plant selection. One book, by Sharon Amos, is called “Tough Plants,” and bear...

Glorious California Poppies

Like other important events in life, you’ll never forget the first time you see a vast expanse of California poppies. For me, this occurred more than 10 years ago while driving past a large cor...

Island Bush Poppy a Native Treat

Between the end of winter and the beginning of spring is an excellent time to appreciate the fleeting floral beauty of many ornamental trees and shrubs. The mission of plants, like that of most livin...

Baja Fairy Duster and other Delights

Maybe it’s the effect of all that late winter rain, but I cannot recall an approach to spring that was bedecked with so many plants in full bloom. A wonderful place to view the white hanging ur...

California Wildflowers

Veteran plant watchers have proclaimed this year’s showing of California wildflowers the most spectacular they have ever seen. The message is to get out there now and take a look, because you m...