Hydrangeas: Classic Garden Plants

Is there anyone who does not like hydrangeas? These perennials have probably the largest sphere-shaped flower clusters in the botanical world. The blooming globes are up to half a foot in diameter, a...

Agapanthus: Flower of Love

It is appropriate that June, the favorite month for weddings, should also be the peak bloom period for the flower of love, otherwise known as agapanthus. The name is a combination of two Greek words:...

Dusty Miller

In the lexicon of a gardener, dusty miller means lacy, silvery, fuzzy leaves. No, Dusty Miller wasn’t a prospector or cowboy with a fine garden. Rather, dusty millers are so-called because thei...

Peruvian Lily

              Imagine a plant that blooms most of the year in red, pink, rose, orchid, purple, maroon, burgundy, orange and yellow, yet needs little attention. Imag...

Fish Geraniums

If you are looking for perennial color accents for the spring, the summer and beyond, there are three plants that you should consider for your garden. One blooms red, orange, pink and violet, the sec...

Rockrose

If there’s one plant that behaves in every way like a California native, but isn’t one, it’s the rockrose. For years, I assumed rockrose (Cistus spp.) was a native because I had see...

Michael Kappel’s Paradise

From an upper story bedroom window, Michael Kappel looks down on his sumptuous garden in Westwood. It is a soothing sight for someone who lives in constant and excruciating pain, the result of a spin...

Los Angeles’ Official Flower & Tree

You may not know that the city of Los Angeles has an official flower and an official tree. See if you can guess what they are: • Both are native to South Africa. • Both are in full bloom at this time...

Kangaroo Paws

When browsing nursery perennials and studying their labels, I have noticed there is one vital piece of information that is never included: life expectancy. I do not know if this tidbit of data would ...