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...

Long Blooming Floribunda Roses

Roses look best in the Valley in April. During this month, roses bloom at maximum capacity. They erupt with a blinding proliferation of flowers that is unlike any other bloom they will experience all...

Butterfly Rose

Multicolored roses and tree problems are the subjects of this month’s letters. Q: “A few weeks ago you mentioned a rose bush that had multiple colors. Could you please tell me the name of...