Early Morning is Best Time to Water

Q: My girlfriend and I asked our gardeners which time of the day is best for watering lawns and landscapes. Hers said in the evening, and mine said early in the morning. I have my front sprinklers co...

Meadow Gardens & Queen’s Wreath

The idea of a lush woodland meadow garden in Los Angeles sounds as far-fetched as growing cactus in Manhattan until you visit Manhattan and notice how many apartments have a cactus plant or two perch...

Loren Zeldin’s Garden

Loren Zeldin does not own a computer. “I would rather be in the garden in the sun than cramped up indoors in front of a little screen,” he said. Actually, Zeldin has nothing against compu...

Intuition Is Key to Growing Plants

Los Angeles horticulturist Bill Paylen will tell it to you bluntly. Making flora flourish has nothing to do with how learned you are or how much money you spend on a particular plant. Nor does it hav...

G-d Withholds Rain to Make Us Pray

Two enormous blessings were bestowed upon Los Angeles this winter and spring. First, the value of real estate appreciated significantly. Second, the rains of El Nino gave incredible life to our plant...

Heaven Sent DG

One of the hottest trends in landscaping involves use of gravel, decomposed granite and river rock, in all sizes and colors, for use as walkways, for mulch or for covering unsightly tree roots, for s...

Tending Plants After a Freeze

Spring having officially arrived, it is reasonable to assume, at least in our part of the world, that “the danger of frost has passed,” to quote an expression commonly found on seed packe...

Growing Plants in Hanging Baskets

One of the greatest challenges Valley gardeners face is growing plants in hanging baskets. Low relative humidity, which we experience year-round, is the problem. A plant in a hanging basket dries out...

Preparing for Spring

Two weeks shy of its official arrival, spring may as well be here. In the Valley, spring comes in the winter, and summer typically shows itself in early spring. With these facts of local climatology ...