Shade Tolerant Vines

We want a plant for a terra-cotta pot that will grow fairly wide and not more than 5 feet tall. It could flower, fruit or just produce pretty foliage. It will face north and not get much sun. >Claire...

Trumpet Vines Sound Off in Spring

In the Valley, trumpets of every color herald the news that the sometimes balmy, sometimes stormy, sometimes just plain hot days of spring have arrived in full force. The trumpets I speak of are atta...

Bougainvillea: a Love-Hate Relationship

Your relationships with plants, like those with people, may undergo radical changes with time. Plants that you thought were the most beautiful on Earth when you started gardening may look far less at...

Plants to Cover a Chain Link Fence

Anyone who has ever gardened will tell you that horticulture is therapeutic. Lately, though, the practice of horticultural therapy has become a serious vocation. Teresia Hazen, who manages horitcultu...

Honeysuckle Heaven

Q: The other day I was at Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks and noticed a huge shrub with large, tubular, yellow-orange flowers, which — like all strange flowers I encounter — I could not re...

Passion Flowers

Passion flowers, a prelude to passion fruit, have an astonishing look, unmatched by any other floral display. They have an extraterrestrial aspect and have been likened to alien spacecraft spinning i...

Mandevilla, among other colorful delights

As we settle into cooler weather, it is interesting to note that certain eye-catching perennials, not famous for cold tolerance, are blooming magnificently. Just the other day I spotted a Mandevilla ...

Vines that adhere to walls

Q. I would like a vine that will adhere to walls, stand sun and stay green all year. Ideas?   -Fred Merrill, Beverly Glen   A.There are vines that meet your requirements except that they ar...