Pining for Orpines

Every plant has its moment, and for the jade plant, that moment is now. In January, it produces cymes of white flowers with a tint of rose to lighten up a dark winter’s day. This is enough, per...

Copper Canyon Daisy

Gardeners, like farmers, take more than a passing interest in the daily weather report. Planting will not be scheduled for a weekend when hot or windy weather is forecast; such conditions may shock y...

Soft Agaves and Silky Feathers

At this time of year, when flowers and fruit are gone from most plants, your focus may turn to foliage. Two soft-leaved agaves are relaxing to gaze upon throughout the year and difficult to resist to...

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...