Crowning Glory of Tiara Street

A tiara is a crown, and it so happens that California poppies are the crowning glory of Tiara Street in North Hollywood, at least that portion of it that stretches between Bellaire and Goodland avenu...

Everybody Loves Lobelia

Everybody loves Lobelia. This should not be a surprise, you might say, since there are a total of 415 Lobelia species throughout the world. There must be at least one species you would love and at le...

Jerusalem Flora

For millennia, Jerusalem has been a magnet to people from all parts of the globe. Perhaps its unique history helps to explain its uncanny horticultural diversity — why just about anything, it seems, ...

Everyone Loves Mallows

Everyone loves mallows. Did you ever meet a person who did not smile when gazing upon a hibiscus, a hollyhock or a flowering maple (abutilon) for the first time? Then there are marshmallows, named fo...

7 Iris Species

Irises are not as popular as they should be. The beauty of their flowers is unparalleled and most types can grow in either sun or shade with little water. Yet they are not seen in gardens nearly as o...

From Woadwaxen to Miniature Anthurium

The exuberance I experienced upon the recent discovery of a new plant was tempered by the thought that this might be an invasive species that would not be wise to recommend to an unsuspecting public....

From Spider Lily to Holly Leaf Cherry

Over the years, I have gained respect for the spider flower (Cleome hassleriana). It is a drought tolerant annual that deserves wider recognition. It’s often left out of the spring flower garde...

Monkey Flowers

If you could plant nothing but monkey flowers, you would have a garden full of kaleidoscopic color all spring and summer long. Red, yellow, orange, pink, magenta, violet, white, and combinations of a...

The Boldness of Wallflowers

If you look up wallflower in Webster’s dictionary, you will find this definition: “A person who from shyness or unpopularity remains on the sidelines of a social activity (as a dance)....

Everybody Loves Lobelia

Everybody loves lobelia. How can you resist it? Lobelia (lobelia erinus) is a demure botanical wonder that grows into a tidy globe of dark blue, bell-shaped flowers. It does well in mixed flower beds...