Resistance to Petunias is Futile

Wave petunias are making waves, and, no matter how hard you try to resist them, they will soon inundate and overflow your garden. You will plant Wave petunias in prim and proper fashion along your ga...

Marveling at Begonias

Lately I have been marveling at a certain wax begonia (Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum), used ubiquitously as a bedding plant. Actually, there are at least six different popular versions of this bed...

Glorious California Poppies

Like other important events in life, you’ll never forget the first time you see a vast expanse of California poppies. For me, this occurred more than 10 years ago while driving past a large cor...

The Yellow Flowers Of Spring

The late rain we received should give us that many more flowers this spring. The salt that accumulates in our soil, which is a residue of minerals carried in summer irrigation water, is leached down ...

California Wildflowers

Veteran plant watchers have proclaimed this year’s showing of California wildflowers the most spectacular they have ever seen. The message is to get out there now and take a look, because you m...

Snapdragons and Other Colorful Figworts

Figworts include snapdragon, nemesia, diascia, linaria, veronica, galvezia, mimulus and penstemon. To understand what connection they could possibly have to figs, or why they are called figworts, you...

Purple Pleasures of Spring

My favorite color of early spring is described on the artist’s color wheel as violet, but is more commonly known as purple. Although violet is exactly halfway between red and blue on the color ...

Yellow Flowers of Early Spring

SO MANY of the late-winter and early-spring blooming plants native to dry climates, like our own, have yellow flowers. One of the most captivating plants presently in bloom is the sea dahlia (Coreops...

Jasmines of Early Spring

Throughout the East and the Midwest, the brilliant yellow flowers of Forsythia are the horticultural harbingers of spring. In the Valley, the fluorescent yellow flowers of primrose jasmine (Jasminum ...

Marigolds Self-Sow in Gas Station Planter

Note:  the following was written in 2000.  Some years ago, the marigold planter  was converted to artificial turf. If you want to learn about the importance of soil in the life of a plant, pay a visi...