Yucca, Tangerine, and Hellebore

  What do a yucca tree, a tangerine tree, and a hellebore have in common?  Not much, really, except that, if you live in the San Fernando Valley, you can grow all three of them in your own backy...

Godetia of Celestial Origins

When you look at Godetia, do you see God? Actually, Godetia is named for a Swiss Botanist by the name of Charles Henry Godet, who lived 200 years ago.  But the plant that honors his name is clearly c...

Don’t Forget to Notice the Natives

You know you’re getting old when time worn clichés begin to ring true.  One of those clichés admonishes us: “don’t forget to stop and smell the roses,” to which I would add, “and don’t forget to stop...

Hydrangeas Grow Well Under Walnut Trees

Less than a century ago, thousands of acres of walnut orchards thrived in what would become the Los Angeles megalopolis. Today you can find the remnants of these orchards in equally spaced walnut tre...

A Pause for Kangaroo Paws

The kangaroo paw, when properly grown, is one of the most dramatic plants for Los Angeles gardens. Its flower stems can grow to 6 feet, and it will bloom from spring to fall. The most outstanding loc...

From Gold Medallions to Angel Trumpets

Over time, shrubs and trees that bloom every year, but only briefly, are increasingly welcome, much like old friends, each time they flower. Your appreciation of them grows from year to year as you l...

How to Grow Hydrangeas

At the end of last week’s column, I asked for advice on how to grow hydrangeas. Thanks to your e-mails, I have become an expert on the subject. “I have two hydrangeas in my backyard facin...