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 ...

Violets Are Meant for Winter Gardens

If you are about to buy a house, it is a good idea to wait a year until doing any new work in the garden. You never know what exotic bulbs might be hiding in the ground, and you never know what that ...

Long-Flowering Winter Bloomers

    If you have lived in the same neighborhood for nearly three decades, as I have done, and if you are an obsessive plant watcher, as I have been, you will have witnessed a fair share of h...

Interior Courtyard Planters

    Interior courtyard planters, commonly designated as horticultural respites within bleak apartment complexes, or situated betwixt and between more architecturally minded townhome or cond...

December Color in Foliage & Flowers

This month, Valley dwellers have been privileged with the sight of brightly colored foliage on crape myrtle, liquidambar, Modesto ash, ginkgo and Bradford pear trees. This is the result of a cold sna...

Winter Flower Garden

Although winter skies may be overcast and gray, a number of annuals, bulbs and perennials that bloom this time of year will promote a sunny attitude, at least when you step into your garden. However,...

Winter Flower Beds

In Los Angeles, the selection of flowering plants for winter gardens will provide long-lasting color until warmer days arrive in the spring. With adequate pre-planting fertilization, winter-blooming ...

Tactile Bark Highlights a Winter Garden

  Trees are nearly always selected for their flowers, foliage, or form. Yet, at this time of year, there is an often overlooked arboreal feature that may achieve sudden prominence in the garden....

Pansies Main Subject of Winter Flower Beds

A multicolored flower bed is the horticultural antidote of choice to the dull gray skies of December. Snapdragons not only are flowers for fall and winter but also distinctive annuals that will last ...

Ornamental Winter Berries

The approach of winter stimulates an interest in botanical appendages that would merit little attention in warmer seasons. At this time of year, just because most plants have ceased flowering does no...