Rest a While in Descanso Rosarium

Gardens are luxury items. To properly care for a garden, you need either leisure time or the means to hire someone to look after it for you. Some people see their garden as nothing more than work and...

Planting in Full Sun

There is no bigger challenge for Valley gardeners than planting in areas that get all-day sun. Such a garden faces south and has no overhead trees to provide any kind of shady relief from hot tempera...

Growing Roses in Las Vegas

I recently visited a friend in Las Vegas, Jonathan Daniels, who has become obsessed with gardening. “When I first decided to plant,” Daniels said, “I spent many long hours with pick...

Replace Lawn with Roses

Depending on your state of mind, the new irrigation watering restrictions can be seen as a nuisance or as an opportunity. If you love plants, the new restrictions give you an excellent excuse to fina...

Rose Petal Count: from 5 to 100 or more

Among rose lovers, petal count is a big deal. One of the items included in the evaluation of any rose variety is the number of petals in each bloom, which generally ranges from 20 to more than 100, d...

Caring for Roses

I have seven rose bushes that have been growing beautifully in my front yard for many years. This year, they all got their first buds of the season, which bloomed. After they withered, I cut off the ...

Mexican Cardinal Flower

Q: Could you tell me something about Rosa bracteata “Mermaid”? I want to know if it will grow in the Valley. — Gladys Pepper, Van Nuys A: This is a truly special rose as long as it ...

Nothing But Roses

In the Valley, May is the month when garden flowers look their best. Roses never look more spectacular, having reached the peak of their first bloom cycle, which is always the heaviest of the year. A...

Loren Zeldin’s Garden

Loren Zeldin does not own a computer. “I would rather be in the garden in the sun than cramped up indoors in front of a little screen,” he said. Actually, Zeldin has nothing against compu...