Laurustinus for full sun to semi-shade

In Los Angeles, February is known as the month when winter merges into spring.  The Super Bowl, in early February, coincides with a major botanical event:  the onset of flowering — known scient...

Physical/Material vs. Spiritual Life

“Spiritual and physical are antithetical in their very essence. A superior quality in the physical is a deficiency in the spiritual. In material matters one who is “satisfied with his lot” is an indi...

The Amaryllis Among Us

Q: I received a potted amaryllis with four large bulbs in it as Christmas gift. The last bulb is ready to bloom. I would appreciate information on what I should do when it is done blooming. Should I ...

Classic Winter Bloomers

    Note:  The following was written shortly after a major earthquake in January, 1994. Whenever I walk my dog, I see a microcosm of Los Angeles at the end of the block. In the ruins of an ...

Color Schemes in the Garden: Anything Goes

Garden designers are a predictable group. Dogmatic and snobby, they carry on as though possessed of some arcane knowledge. In truth, any two plants with similar growth requirements look well together...

Arabian Lilac and Little Ollie

Strong and beautiful Two memorable shrubs, Arabian lilac and dwarf olive, underappreciated in gardens and landscapes until the last year or two, are lately being planted with increasing frequency. A ...

Cold Weather Gardening

Even in subtropical Los Angeles, there is a down time for plants. Despite balmy late-November weather, the shortened days and colder nights signal to plants that dormancy is at hand. For the next eig...