Oleander Alternatives and Fig Propagation

Q: We are horse owners and ride on the Chatsworth equestrian trails maintained by the city. Several years ago, the city planted oleander bushes along the bridle path. Oleander leaves are highly toxic...

New Plants Are a Revelation

Plants you have never seen before are always a revelation. You experience a sense of reverence and renewal in their presence. Just when you thought you had seen everything, suddenly there is a leaf s...

Everyone should have a ribbon bush

Everyone should have a ribbon bush.   The ribbon bush (Hypoestes aristata) grows into a 3-foot sphere that is completely covered with mauve flowers during the months of October and November. It ...

Texas Ranger Thrives on Being Ignored

  Texas Rangers belong to that category of plants that thrive on being ignored. The reason you do not see more Texas Ranger plants, despite their spectacular autumn bloom, is because of improper...

My Favorite Ground Covers

“All the ground covers I plant either die after a year or two or become so invasive, like ivy, that I can never get rid of them.  What are your favorite ground covers?” Patricia Hagopian, Arleta The ...

Each of us is given what he needs . . .

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