Copper Canyon Daisy

Gardeners, like farmers, take more than a passing interest in the daily weather report. Planting will not be scheduled for a weekend when hot or windy weather is forecast; such conditions may shock y...

Soft Agaves and Silky Feathers

At this time of year, when flowers and fruit are gone from most plants, your focus may turn to foliage. Two soft-leaved agaves are relaxing to gaze upon throughout the year and difficult to resist to...

Lilacs

My 3-year-old lilac tree is doing so well and almost in full bloom. It’s still low and very bushy. My question is: When it’s done blooming, can I prune it? How do I do this? Also, please ...

Scotch Heather: Long Lasting Delight

Imagine a plant covered in tiny, pendulous pink pearls at this time of year. This plant can live for decades, growing into a bush that is 6 feet tall and nearly as wide. It actually thrives in heavy ...

Ornamentals in the Rose Family

    I have a volunteer cotoneaster growing in my garden and I cannot decide whether to remove it or just let it be. A volunteer is a plant that sprouts from a seed you never planted. It com...

Gerbera Daisy: Happiest Flower on Earth

If an award for happiest flower was given, gerbera daisy would most likely win the prize. The sight of gerbera daisies invariably brings a smile and the thought of having giant bouquets of them provo...

Winter Wonderland of Silvery Foliage

Although frost is encountered in the Valley on no more than a few nights each winter, and the possibility of snow falling here is virtually nil, there are plants which, either through silver foliage ...

Geraldton Waxflower

Imagine a six-foot shrub that blooms six months of the year in near-drought conditions. Its wiry stems, studded with white, pink or violet flowers, may be cut for mixed bouquets and vase arrangements...

New Zealand Flax

Today, nearly every garden that is water-wise or water-thrifty includes New Zealand flax. Yet, unlike many drought-tolerant species, New Zealand flax is not adversely affected by an abundance of wate...

Tasmanian Angel

Experienced gardeners long for more exotic selections than those found in their local nurseries. So they order plants from growers who specialize in seldom seen species and cultivars. One of these gr...