Wedding White Candytuft

It might just be that the whitest flowers in the world grow on the evergreen candytuft, Iberis sempervirens. This low mounding perennial, commonly used for edging walkways and planters, flowers this ...

Indian Penicillin and Native Oaks

When you think of Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, camellias, lilacs and roses come to mind. Home to the largest camellia collection in the world, the most extensive lilac planting in Southe...

Rotate Pansies on a 4-Year Cycle

Could you help me determine my problem with growing pansies? They seem to grow briefly after being planted, then wilt; I can pick up the entire wilted plant because the roots are nonexistent. One yea...

Camellias

In the Valley, camellias do best in a partial sun/light shade exposure. One of the best places in the world to learn about the light and shade requirements of the camellia is at an arboretum right in...

Gardenia

Q: Can you tell me why the buds on my potted gardenias seem to dry up and fail to open? The plants seem to like more water than I expected in order to maintain healthy-looking foliage. Frank Caramell...

Flower’d by Howard

Flower grower Ted Howard is either the last of a breed, the first of a breed or simply a breed unlike any other. Howard’s goal is to grow florist- quality flowers in ordinary front yards in the...

Mysterious Primrose Heist

  A culture that promotes instant gratification and overnight success is almost certain to discourage would-be gardeners. This time of year, for example, someone who has never gardened before wi...