Roses, Cocoa Mulch, and Turmeric

In response to a query posed in a recent column regarding favorite rose varieties and their care, I received the following response from Scott Corwin, who gardens in Glendora, and whose roses were bl...

African Blue Basil is Truly Good

“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” This well-worn adage has near universal application, except in the case of African blue basil. Imagine acquiring a plant in the spring that is only...

Cilantro, its Kin, & Pest Control

Based on my experience, there is no plant easier to grow from seed than cilantro. If you doubt my word, purchase a packet of cilantro seeds (also known as coriander) for a dollar or two and disperse ...

Lemon Verbena: A Must Have Plant

Some plants should be in everybody’s garden, and lemon verbena is one of them. Lemon verbena is not a glamorous plant, and that is probably why everyone likes it; what one person considers gorg...

An Herb Garden

Certain plants are like friends with whom you are close for a period of years only to lose track of them — for no good reason — with the passage of time. You remember the fine times you s...

A Lifetime Supply of Bay Leaves

This past month’s correspondence included two questions about herbs, one question about a tree for autumn color, and one question about care of container plants that get soaked in the rain. Q: ...

Herb Gardens Thrive All Year Long

Thanksgiving should serve to remind Valley gardeners of our good fortune, especially at this time of the year. Above all, we should be thankful that the ground in the Valley never freezes. This means...

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...

Herb Garden Watered by Soaker Hoses

What kind of garden yields potpourri and perfumes, spices and teas, incense and insecticides, soaps and dyes, curatives and candy, and, as a bonus, is drought- tolerant?   The answer, if you hav...