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 ...

New Zealand Flax

Today, nearly every garden that is water-wise or water-thrifty includes New Zealand flax. Yet, unlike many drought-tolerant species, New Zealand flax is not adversely affected by an abundance of wate...

Repetition Makes Memorable Gardens

The number of memorable gardens encountered in the course of one’s life is small. The gardens you remember will most likely be public ones, such as the Getty Center garden in Los Angeles or the...

Garden Ornaments

Garden ornaments are no longer limited to plastic pink flamingos. Nowadays, you can find a somewhat more refined-looking plastic heron, and even a plastic egret. Not that plastic pink flamingos are n...

Color Schemes in the Garden: Anything Goes

Garden designers are a predictable group. Dogmatic and snobby, they carry on as though possessed of some arcane knowledge. In truth, any two plants with similar growth requirements look well together...

Getty Center Rooftop Garden

The new Getty Museum complex, rising atop the San Diego Freeway south of Mulholland Drive, will contain a 60,000-square-foot garden and an expansive rooftop, succulent garden. This is not a coinciden...