Guilt Free Winter Gardens

Gardeners may take more delight in winter than in spring. Spring is a time of running back and forth, of hectic weekends at the nursery, of frenzied planning and planting, as you determine that this ...

Start a Kids’ Garden with Nasturtium

Q: I am a second-grade teacher. I want to give my students a holiday present of a pot and a packet of seeds. Which flower, vegetable and herb seeds do you think they would have the most success with ...

Scotch heather: antidote to gray skies

Just as demand grows with diminished supply, never are garden flowers more eagerly sought than at this time of year. As skies get grayer and temperatures drop, the sun rises ever lower in the sky and...

Getty Center Rooftop Garden

The new Getty Museum complex, rising atop the San Diego Freeway south of Mulholland Drive, will contain a 60,000-square-foot garden and an expansive rooftop, succulent garden. This is not a coinciden...

Fall Flowers

Never have so many flowers bloomed in November as they have this year. It’s not only the rain, which brings out the best in any plant. It’s also the expanding variety of plants that are a...

What to Grow Under Redwood Trees

Q. I have 11 coast redwoods in my yard. They are beautiful, BUT it is very difficult to find anything to grow under them. Between the root system, soil acidity and the shade, my options are limited. ...

Whitefly Predations

Q: After planting a blood orange tree in our front yard, nothing happened for years. Finally, it started to produce oranges and did so for several years. But last year, once again, it gave no blossom...

Bulbs, Bulbs, Bulbs

The ginger lily is a plant whose relative obscurity is matched only by its beauty and reliability in the garden. As is so often the case with plants, ginger lily is a misleading name; this species is...
Coreopsis grandiflora 'Sun Ray'

Blooming Plants for the Fall Garden

  Autumn is the ideal time to start a garden. This is perfect proof that the gardener’s claim to fame is in manipulating nature, rather than in slavishly following its dictates. The popula...

Beautyberry

Plants are full of surprises. In fact, the more closely you observe plants, the more often you are surprised. Perhaps it involves training the eye to see, as opposed to only glimpse or scan. You may ...