Rain is Good for Your Soil

Rainy weather is a welcome sight to anyone who lives in a Mediterranean climate such as our own, where gardening is a year-round pursuit. But a good downpour is not only an opportunity to rest from t...

Winter Garden Favorites

In Los Angeles, plants that bloom in winter, although recurring, remain somehow surprising annual delights. In the midst of winter’s pale, they arrive as unexpectedly as an undeserved new year&...

South Africa Brings Winter Color

Despite the overcast skies of January, winter landscapes in the Valley need not be drab and gray. Through judicious plant selection for your garden, you will witness a variety of flowers adorning you...

Fourth of July in January

To see Fourth of July colors in January, we need only take a hike in the hills and canyons around us. The red berries of toyon together with the white and blue flowers of ceanothus comprise the patri...

Winter-Blooming Grevilleas

The bright flowers of a few select perennials and annuals are called upon this time of year as an antidote to slate gray skies and assorted winter doldrums. “Border” is a word with specia...

Best Time for Pruning

In Los Angeles, January and February are the months for pruning most trees, shrubs, vines and roses. If you are not really the gardening type (and even if you are), you might wonder why pruning shoul...

Euryops Illuminates Winter Gardens

  As time passes, I have come to regard the euryops daisy as an ornamental plant that no Southern California garden should be without – and not only because the euryops is one of my wife&#...

Tree Bark Stands out in Winter Gardens

  Silhouettes of leafless trees impart an ethereal quality to the winter landscape. Leafless trees go well with wet and chilly days. They make you want to curl up and hibernate or, alternatively...

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 ...

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...