A New Year’s Gift

Considering the time of year, you may have recently received a gift or two but, if you didn’t get what you wanted, you might yet fulfill your horticultural heart’s desire with a visit to ...

Low Maintenance, Drought Resistant Shrubs

Summer is the season to appreciate the distinctive floral gifts provided by Cassia and Caesalpinia (sez-al-PIN-ee-uh) shrubs. These heat-loving genera are drought-tolerant members of the legume famil...

Los Angeles & Jerusalem

I recently arrived in Jerusalem, whose garden plants are strongly reminiscent of those found in Los Angeles. The climate in both cities is Mediterranean, meaning precipitation is confined to winter m...

Plants Look Best When Minimally Watered

Just because it’s hotter and drier than usual does not mean you need to worry more than usual about your plants. During the drought of the 1990s, when you were not allowed to water more than ev...

MP Rotators Save 30% Water

Imagine that, simply by changing your sprinkler nozzles, you could reduce your lawn and garden water bill by 30 percent. Now imagine that in addition to using significantly less water, you could elim...

Summer Gardening

Bears may hibernate in the winter, but July signals the beginning of an extended period of dormancy for many Valley gardeners. The heat is on for the next several months, and you cannot blame people ...

Some Garden Design Principles

“Could you explain what landscaping is supposed to do?” Kathryn Rostant of Mission Hills asks.  “Could you generalize on what you think a nice front yard should look like in this ho...

The Magic of Mulch

Anyone who doubts the power of mulch should examine the Japanese maples at the corner of Hazeltine Avenue and Riverside Drive in Sherman Oaks. Although Japanese maples (Acer palmatum) are considered ...

“How Much Should I Water My Plants?”

“How much should I water my plants?” is a question that has no simple answer. Attempts to provide simple answers have led to gross misconceptions on the subject of watering plants. The bi...