Australian Natives

If you take a map of the world and draw a horizontal line through Los Angeles, you will eventually reach southwestern Australia.  Any plant that grows there can grow here, too.  The sea- bordering, s...

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...

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...

Don’t Forget to Notice the Natives

You know you’re getting old when time worn clichés begin to ring true.  One of those clichés admonishes us: “don’t forget to stop and smell the roses,” to which I would add, “and don’t forget to stop...

A New Year’s Gift

Considering the time of year, you may have recently received a gift or two but, if you didn’t get what you wanted, you might yet fulfill your horticultural heart’s desire with a visit to ...

Low Maintenance, Drought Resistant Shrubs

Summer is the season to appreciate the distinctive floral gifts provided by Cassia and Caesalpinia (sez-al-PIN-ee-uh) shrubs. These heat-loving genera are drought-tolerant members of the legume famil...

Los Angeles & Jerusalem

I recently arrived in Jerusalem, whose garden plants are strongly reminiscent of those found in Los Angeles. The climate in both cities is Mediterranean, meaning precipitation is confined to winter m...