Cruel Plant & Slope Planting

Adjacent to the Veteran Affairs complex in West Los Angeles, there is a parrot sanctuary, and opposite this parrot sanctuary there is a vine, and upon this vine there are flowers, and these flowers a...

Wisteria

Breathless in Jerusalem.  The sights.  The sounds.  But mostly the people.  The light is extraordinary.  Each person is illuminated, without and within, physically and spiritually.  Did you ever look...

Adorn Your Fences With Vines

This summer, people are shopping for vines. Fences and block walls that fell in the earthquake are being rebuilt, and vines are a common choice for adorning a new fence or softening the austerity of ...

Honeysuckle: the Beauty and the Beast

Honeysuckle is a blessing or a curse, depending on why and where you plant it and which type you plant. Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) is the species most commonly seen. Japanese honeysuckl...

Ramble through the Brambles

If you are looking for a safe haven, start spending time in a garden. The word “garden” comes from Old French and Old English words for “enclosure.” Evidently, the garden has ...

Patience Yields Hidden Treasure

At the end of my street, completely covering a low chain link fence that borders a front yard on all three sides, the magnificent violet trumpet vine (Clytostoma callistegioides) has been flowering. ...

Lavender Trumpet Vine

Some of the plants that bring the most pleasure are those that, virtually unnoticed throughout the year, suddenly come into view on account of their spectacular, if brief floral display. Each spring,...

Wisteria Potential & Primrose Jasmine

In all the world, there is no vine like wisteria. From Sierra Madre to Jerusalem, I have seen nothing that can match its seemingly limitless potential for growth. How appropriate that wisteria should...