Arabian Lilac and Little Ollie

Strong and beautiful Two memorable shrubs, Arabian lilac and dwarf olive, underappreciated in gardens and landscapes until the last year or two, are lately being planted with increasing frequency. A ...

When it comes to wildfires, lawns are good

In the wake of our recent fires, I received several e-mails inquiring about the availability of fire-retardant plants. Not too many years ago, a great deal was made of so-called fire-retardant plants...

Firescaping

If you live in the hills or canyons around Los Angeles, expect a fire every 20 to 30 years. Fires are not only inevitable, they are essential to the existence of our chaparral ecosystem. Many chaparr...