Aloe ferox and other Dazzling Succulents

It may be the most visible flowering perennial of the winter season and, as a bonus, is one of the easiest to grow. Its species name means fierce, a testament to its spiny foliage, yet its long and f...

Geraldton Waxflower

Imagine a six-foot shrub that blooms six months of the year in near-drought conditions. Its wiry stems, studded with white, pink or violet flowers, may be cut for mixed bouquets and vase arrangements...

Gaze Upon Gazania

Q: What multicolored ground cover would you recommend for a small 10-by-12-foot area in a front yard? There is a short wall for the ground cover to cascade over, plenty of sun and an adjacent grassy ...

Trees for the High Desert

Q: My daughter is building a house in California City, in the upper Antelope Valley. The area has a high-desert climate. I would like to give her about six trees to start her landscaping. These shoul...

Emu Bush: Friend of the Desert

        Many plants native to southwestern Australia, South Africa, the Mediterranean and Southern California look their most glorious in mid- to late winter. The reason is that i...

Cactus Mystery on the Way to Camarillo

By now, any plant watcher who regularly drives west on the Ventura Freeway (101) toward Camarillo should have wondered about the cactus growing between the Camarillo Springs Road and Pleasant Valley ...

Don’t Forget to Notice the Natives

“Don’t forget to smell the roses” is a piece of advice meant for those who have lost their ability to savor the moment. In a world of rationed water, whose expense increases almost ...

Arabian Lilac and Little Ollie

Strong and beautiful Two memorable shrubs, Arabian lilac and dwarf olive, underappreciated in gardens and landscapes until the last year or two, are lately being planted with increasing frequency. A ...