Tropical Rhododendrons for You

It is a most lamentable form of floral deprivation that rhododendrons – those magnificent relatives of the azalea – are seldom seen in Los Angeles. The word rhododendron is derived from t...

Lilacs

My 3-year-old lilac tree is doing so well and almost in full bloom. It’s still low and very bushy. My question is: When it’s done blooming, can I prune it? How do I do this? Also, please ...

Scotch Heather: Long Lasting Delight

Imagine a plant covered in tiny, pendulous pink pearls at this time of year. This plant can live for decades, growing into a bush that is 6 feet tall and nearly as wide. It actually thrives in heavy ...

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...

Blackberries & Raspberries

Note: the following was written shortly after George W. Bush’s inauguration. The end of President George W. Bush’s first week in office seems as good a time as any to discuss the other bu...

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...

Euryops Illuminates Winter Gardens

  As time passes, I have come to regard the euryops daisy as an ornamental plant that no Southern California garden should be without – and not only because the euryops is one of my wife&#...

Favorite Long-Blooming Plants

Q. Could you give me a list of your favorite long-blooming plants for the Valley? They should require a minimum of water and a minimum of pruning or other maintenance. -Oscar Montanez, Canoga Park A....

Lilacs

I have a lilac in front of my house in a west-facing planter. It is of the `California Rose’ variety and was purchased a few years ago. It bloomed this spring but is blooming again now. I have ...

Abutilon flowers: Bauhaus lamp shades

Living in Los Angeles is really a hoot if you’re into horticulture. Here we are, approaching December’s end, and plants are blooming like it’s springtime. Just the other day, out fo...