Tree Yuccas and Their Ilk

Gunilla and Michel Hamaoui, who live in Woodland Hills, sent me a photo of a tree whose identity they did not know. They also wanted to know how often it flowered. I did not know what kind of tree th...

Arboreta, Patience, & Australian Trees

If you want to learn the meaning – that is, the beauty – of patience, visit a botanical garden or arboretum. I recently had the opportunity to do so in Arcadia, where the Los Angeles Coun...

Prudent Summer Watering

The heat at the beginning of this month was so sudden and overwhelming that it was almost unbearable to go outside, much less work in the garden. To make things more tolerable during the Valley’...

Growing Roses in Las Vegas

I recently visited a friend in Las Vegas, Jonathan Daniels, who has become obsessed with gardening. “When I first decided to plant,” Daniels said, “I spent many long hours with pick...

Native Plant People

Spending a day among native plants and the people who grow them is to be immersed in beauty mixed with sadness, love obscured by obsession and desire thwarted by reality. The plain truth is that you ...

Lantana Camara Highly Drought Tolerant

One of the horticultural marvels of the San Fernando Valley is located at the intersection of Chandler Boulevard and Hollywood Way in Burbank. Stand there and look east or west. Along the railroad tr...

Bells of Ireland Flourish in Israel

For years, I had seen bells of Ireland in seed and plant catalogues — at least before plant catalogues, much like daily newspapers, became an endangered species. Every time I saw its picture, I imagi...

Healthy Plants are Barely Watered

Five years ago, I visited Claire Martin’s garden in Winnetka and reported on several plants that were the picture of health despite minimal care on her part. A few days ago, I paid another visi...
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Desert Denizens

If you happen to spend a few days in Tucson, Ariz., as I recently did, you will quickly develop an appreciation for drought-tolerant plants, since irrigation systems are utilized infrequently and hos...