Peruvian Lily

              Imagine a plant that blooms most of the year in red, pink, rose, orchid, purple, maroon, burgundy, orange and yellow, yet needs little attention. Imag...

Nothing but Daisies

If you confined yourself to growing nothing but daisies, you could still see plenty of flowers 12 months of the year – and in every color of the rainbow besides. For years, marguerite daisies h...

True Blue Flowers Rarely Seen

Q: I have heard that blue is the rarest color among flowers. Nevertheless, I am determined to plant a garden of nothing but blue-flowered plants. I have already planted lobelia, plumbago and delphini...

Million Bells

Everyone seems to have a weakness for bellflowers. These small pink, blue and white flowers spill beautifully over a terra cotta pot, or bloom nicely in small flower beds. Calibrachoa (Cali-BRACK-oa)...

Loren Zeldin’s Garden

Loren Zeldin does not own a computer. “I would rather be in the garden in the sun than cramped up indoors in front of a little screen,” he said. Actually, Zeldin has nothing against compu...

From Dogwood to Black-Eyed Susan

Until last Sunday, nearly 15 years had passed since I had seen a dogwood tree. In 1984, I spent several months setting traps for fruit flies in South Central and East Los Angeles. If you recall, the ...

Carnations & Dianthus

A few years ago, I asked the corner florist for carnations. The only response given was a snicker. “Carnations? Aren’t they a little ordinary? We don’t even carry carnations anymore...

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...

Nothing but Mallows

If I had to create a flower garden of plants belonging to a single family, I probably would choose Malvaceae, comprising the mallows and hibiscuses. Many of these plants have incredible flower displa...