Trailing Princess Flower

  If you can coax a single flower from a plant that has been flowerless for several years, you may experience a greater sense of accomplishment than you get from observing a reliable bloomer, su...

Jasmines of Early Spring

Throughout the East and the Midwest, the brilliant yellow flowers of Forsythia are the horticultural harbingers of spring. In the Valley, the fluorescent yellow flowers of primrose jasmine (Jasminum ...

Lilacs

I have a lilac in front of my house in a west-facing planter. It is of the `California Rose’ variety and was purchased a few years ago. It bloomed this spring but is blooming again now. I have ...

Geoff Stein, Humble Plant Lover

Geoff Stein is the classic example of a plant lover, only moreso. When you interview him, you quickly realize that his mission in life is to instruct the world about plants, but that he seeks no pers...

Perennial Fragrance Garden

Can you imagine a garden where every leaf on every plant is fragrant? Such a garden is entirely compatible with the Mediterranean climate of Southern California. Drought-tolerant plants often have fo...

Asparagus planting produces for decades

Isn’t it about time you grew your own asparagus? That nutritious vegetable is not getting any cheaper, and yet it is one of the easiest and most economical to grow. If you plant a plot of aspar...