Every Plant Has Its Place

“I hate that plant” is a statement no experienced gardener will ever make. Just when you think there is no rhyme or reason for the existence of a certain plant, you see it growing in a sp...

Fast Growers

In Los Angeles, plants grow faster in May than in any other month. In May, the lengthening days and warming nights push plants to grow at a rapid pace that continues through most of June. Then, the s...

New Zealand Flax for Foundation Planting

With new Los Angeles Department of Water & Power water restrictions starting Monday, people are creating gardens that only need watering twice a week, since Mondays and Thursdays are the only da...

Creating a Tropical Paradise

Ironically enough, you may solve the problem of creating a tropical microclimate by the positioning of tropical palm trees overhead. It may also be helpful to live in a densely built or densely plant...

Michael Kappel’s Miracle Garden

Gardening is often described as therapeutic, but such a description just begins to tell the story of Michael Kappel or, more precisely, his recovery. Five years ago, Michael was in an accident that l...

Trellis Gardening

If you have limited gardening space, you really should consider going vertical. And even if you have enough room to grow whatever you want, you are still entitled to experiment with and experience th...

Arborvitae and Geraniums

Two weeks ago, I purchased several 3-foot tall arborvitae. I want to transplant them into 24-inch square containers. Is this a good time to do so? What soil mix and fertilizer should I use? I also ha...

Winter Wonderland of Silvery Foliage

Although frost is encountered in the Valley on no more than a few nights each winter, and the possibility of snow falling here is virtually nil, there are plants which, either through silver foliage ...