Native Plant People

Spending a day among native plants and the people who grow them is to be immersed in beauty mixed with sadness, love obscured by obsession and desire thwarted by reality. The plain truth is that you ...

Lantana Camara Highly Drought Tolerant

One of the horticultural marvels of the San Fernando Valley is located at the intersection of Chandler Boulevard and Hollywood Way in Burbank. Stand there and look east or west. Along the railroad tr...

Bells of Ireland Flourish in Israel

For years, I had seen bells of Ireland in seed and plant catalogues — at least before plant catalogues, much like daily newspapers, became an endangered species. Every time I saw its picture, I imagi...

Healthy Plants are Barely Watered

Five years ago, I visited Claire Martin’s garden in Winnetka and reported on several plants that were the picture of health despite minimal care on her part. A few days ago, I paid another visi...
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Desert Denizens

If you happen to spend a few days in Tucson, Ariz., as I recently did, you will quickly develop an appreciation for drought-tolerant plants, since irrigation systems are utilized infrequently and hos...

Fuchsia Flowering Gooseberry

In all of Los Angeles, there could not be a more stunning plant than the one currently blooming outside the east-facing wall of the Mid-Valley Regional Library in North Hills. It has pendulous cherry...

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...

Gerbera Daisies

The title of this story could be “Ode to the Gerbera Daisies Growing at the Fast-food Restaurant on the Corner of Van Nuys Boulevard and Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.” I have been st...