Too Much Water Can Be Harmful to Plants

As the summer sun arrives full strength, watering becomes a primary concern to Los Angeles gardeners. This is the first summer in many years without drought-imposed restrictions on watering. Yet, too...

The Secret to Growing Perfect Plants

If, before visiting Louise Olson’s private home and garden, you were not a plant lover, you would, in all likelihood, become a plant lover before your visit was over. Olson, retired from a career in ...

Tree Yuccas and Their Ilk

Gunilla and Michel Hamaoui, who live in Woodland Hills, sent me a photo of a tree whose identity they did not know. They also wanted to know how often it flowered. I did not know what kind of tree th...

Arboreta, Patience, & Australian Trees

If you want to learn the meaning – that is, the beauty – of patience, visit a botanical garden or arboretum. I recently had the opportunity to do so in Arcadia, where the Los Angeles Coun...

Prudent Summer Watering

The heat at the beginning of this month was so sudden and overwhelming that it was almost unbearable to go outside, much less work in the garden. To make things more tolerable during the Valley’...

Growing Roses in Las Vegas

I recently visited a friend in Las Vegas, Jonathan Daniels, who has become obsessed with gardening. “When I first decided to plant,” Daniels said, “I spent many long hours with pick...