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...

Pot Marigolds Good for Your Skin

“Herbal Remedy Gardens” (G Books, 1999) is a book that any gardener, whatever novice or expert, would treasure as a holiday gift. While author Dorie Byers addresses the subject of herb ga...

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...

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 ...

Glorious Ornamental Kale

If you want to see constant color in your garden during the remainder of the fall and throughout the winter, consider planting ornamental cabbage and ornamental kale. Unlike pansies (prone to fungi t...