What to Grow Under Redwood Trees

Q. I have 11 coast redwoods in my yard. They are beautiful, BUT it is very difficult to find anything to grow under them. Between the root system, soil acidity and the shade, my options are limited. ...
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red bird of paradise

To track down poinciana plants, you would have to journey into Madagascar, the West Indies, Uruguay or tropical Mexico. Or you could visit the front of an office building opposite Taft High School on...
Coreopsis grandiflora 'Sun Ray'

Blooming Plants for the Fall Garden

  Autumn is the ideal time to start a garden. This is perfect proof that the gardener’s claim to fame is in manipulating nature, rather than in slavishly following its dictates. The popula...

Gold Discovered in Lantana

The heat of this past summer may have finally given way to cooler autumn days, yet two plants continue to make a determined display of blazing orange flowers, reminiscent of the sun.   In fact, ...

The right trees for your home

Question: We were in the path of an incredible windstorm last year in the San Gabriel Valley. It took out all of our large trees. Since we now get to start from scratch, I would love some advice abou...

What to plant near a pond

Q: We have a small backyard with a small pond in one corner. When we had the yard landscaped, we ended up with two Melaleucas near the pond. Bottom line, the roots from the Melaleucas have taken over...

Dog-Proof Ground Cover

Many neighborhood dogs are destroying our front grass. Do you know any variety of grass or plant we could put down so they won’t find this area attractive? Would prefer not to, but next step is...