Plant Bulbs Now

WE ARE IN the midst of that most noteworthy horticultural ritual of the fall season: bulb planting. Plant bulbs as soon as possible. You may see flowers as soon as February.  Go to the nursery now be...

Bulbs, Bulbs, Bulbs

The ginger lily is a plant whose relative obscurity is matched only by its beauty and reliability in the garden. As is so often the case with plants, ginger lily is a misleading name; this species is...
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red bird of paradise

To track down poinciana plants, you would have to journey into Madagascar, the West Indies, Uruguay or tropical Mexico. Or you could visit the front of an office building opposite Taft High School on...
Coreopsis grandiflora 'Sun Ray'

Blooming Plants for the Fall Garden

  Autumn is the ideal time to start a garden. This is perfect proof that the gardener’s claim to fame is in manipulating nature, rather than in slavishly following its dictates. The popula...

Window of Opportunity for Fall Planting

The moment known as the window of opportunity for planting in the Valley has arrived. From the last days of September through the entire month of October into the first days of November, we can do no...

Oleander Alternatives and Fig Propagation

Q: We are horse owners and ride on the Chatsworth equestrian trails maintained by the city. Several years ago, the city planted oleander bushes along the bridle path. Oleander leaves are highly toxic...
blue periwinkle (Vinca Major)

Genesis of Spring Garden is in the Fall

“Getting ready for fall” is the mantra that every gardener repeats over and over again at this time of year.   In the fall, there is a special aroma of renewal in the air. It is the ...