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...

True Jasmines and Jasmine Wannabes

If you ever visit India, and are invited into someone’s home, you may be honored with a garland made of jasmine flowers, to be worn around your neck. Just as few gardens in Europe and America a...

Fall Garden Fragrances

There is no scent on earth that can rival that given off by sycamore trees after a rain. I was reminded of this fact after last week’s relatively short storm ended a rather long stretch of drou...

Helichrysum

Do you like the smell of curry, the classic seasoning of Indian cuisine? If so, you should think about growing curry plant (Helichrysum italicum). Its fragrance is identical to that of curry seasonin...

Perennial Fragrance Garden

Can you imagine a garden where every leaf on every plant is fragrant? Such a garden is entirely compatible with the Mediterranean climate of Southern California. Drought-tolerant plants often have fo...