Tress Under 15 Feet Tall

Not long ago I received the following e-mail: “Could you recommend some umbrella-shaped trees or bushes that grow to be less than 15 feet and that I could use in my garden?” – Daria...

Lucky Bamboo and Meyer Lemon

During the past few months, I have received several e-mails about lucky bamboo. In case you haven’t noticed, “lucky bamboo” is the name bestowed on those twisting stems with lanceol...

Growing Your Own Papayas

The recent rain came to Valley gardeners like a merciful benediction from above. In fact, we would be all the more grateful for additional rain in the weeks ahead. Throughout many long months of near...

Espalier: Flat Trees Mean More Fruit

If you have a small courtyard or enclosed patio with a narrow planting bed inside along the edges, but still want to grow fruit trees, consider the possibility of espalier. Espalier (ess-pal-yay) is ...

Calamondin is a Special Citrus

Lately, I have noticed a few calamondin trees in container gardens. Noticed is an understatement. I could just as easily have said that I heard horticultural shouts of joy coming from the calamondin ...

Avocado Tree Longevity

Q. I have an avocado tree that has been on the property for almost 70 years. What is its life expectancy? – Grace Hampton, Burbank A. That is very old for an avocado tree. The original ‘H...

Blackberries & Raspberries

Note: the following was written shortly after George W. Bush’s inauguration. The end of President George W. Bush’s first week in office seems as good a time as any to discuss the other bu...

Cold Nights Make Oranges Orange

If you live in Los Angeles and have room for only one fruit tree, you might consider planting an orange, grapefruit or a lemon. If you make the citrus decision, you will have a ready supply of vitami...