Kangaroo Paws

When browsing nursery perennials and studying their labels, I have noticed there is one vital piece of information that is never included: life expectancy. I do not know if this tidbit of data would ...

Dorught Tolerant, Yet Colorful

Question: I’m tired of reading books and articles on drought-tolerant plants featuring just spiny, cactusy plants. I want color and beauty. The idea of living without flowers and color is depre...

Baja Fairy Duster and other Delights

Maybe it’s the effect of all that late winter rain, but I cannot recall an approach to spring that was bedecked with so many plants in full bloom. A wonderful place to view the white hanging ur...

Drought Tolerant Gardens

Tightening budgets and a statewide drought have made saving water in the garden an imperative for the immediate future and beyond. Strategies for water conservation invariably center around garden de...

Sticks on Fire and Donkey Tail

I was driving on Vine Street in Hollywood the other day and there I saw it: a beat-up van with all manner of junk hammered or soldered onto doors, fenders and roof. Occasionally, you see such outland...

California Native Beauties

Landscaping with natives means growing naturally shapely plants that never need pruning. Landscaping with natives means growing not only exotic, colorful and fragrant flowers, but woods and barks tha...

Island Bush Poppy

For more than a decade, I had been looking for that highly prized poppy. No one had it. No one could propagate it. Yes, you could see it growing wildon the Channel Islands, and there was a glorious s...