Lilacs

My 3-year-old lilac tree is doing so well and almost in full bloom. It’s still low and very bushy. My question is: When it’s done blooming, can I prune it? How do I do this? Also, please ...

Scotch Heather: Long Lasting Delight

Imagine a plant covered in tiny, pendulous pink pearls at this time of year. This plant can live for decades, growing into a bush that is 6 feet tall and nearly as wide. It actually thrives in heavy ...

Geraldton Waxflower

Imagine a six-foot shrub that blooms six months of the year in near-drought conditions. Its wiry stems, studded with white, pink or violet flowers, may be cut for mixed bouquets and vase arrangements...

Blackberries & Raspberries

Note: the following was written shortly after George W. Bush’s inauguration. The end of President George W. Bush’s first week in office seems as good a time as any to discuss the other bu...

Emu Bush: Friend of the Desert

        Many plants native to southwestern Australia, South Africa, the Mediterranean and Southern California look their most glorious in mid- to late winter. The reason is that i...

Euryops Illuminates Winter Gardens

  As time passes, I have come to regard the euryops daisy as an ornamental plant that no Southern California garden should be without – and not only because the euryops is one of my wife&#...

Favorite Long-Blooming Plants

Q. Could you give me a list of your favorite long-blooming plants for the Valley? They should require a minimum of water and a minimum of pruning or other maintenance. -Oscar Montanez, Canoga Park A....

Lilacs

I have a lilac in front of my house in a west-facing planter. It is of the `California Rose’ variety and was purchased a few years ago. It bloomed this spring but is blooming again now. I have ...

Abutilon flowers: Bauhaus lamp shades

Living in Los Angeles is really a hoot if you’re into horticulture. Here we are, approaching December’s end, and plants are blooming like it’s springtime. Just the other day, out fo...

Ornamental Winter Berries

The approach of winter stimulates an interest in botanical appendages that would merit little attention in warmer seasons. At this time of year, just because most plants have ceased flowering does no...