Yellow Flowers of Early Spring

SO MANY of the late-winter and early-spring blooming plants native to dry climates, like our own, have yellow flowers. One of the most captivating plants presently in bloom is the sea dahlia (Coreops...

Saucer Magnolia: Harbinger of Spring

In Los Angeles, spring begins earlier than in most other American cities. Spring comes as early as the beginning of February, by which time ornamental peach and almond trees are already in bloom. Or,...

Learn Patience from a Saucer Magnolia

Could patience be a vanishing virtue? Could expectation soon be a relic, replaced by the demand for instant gratification? When evaluating a plant for placement in the garden, the length of time it b...

Mellifluous, Pulchritudinous Plumeria

They say the most truly memorable moments in a person’s life can be compressed into the space of a few minutes. For gardeners, those extraordinary moments would no doubt include the sight of fi...

Lucky Nut and Friends

  When you are a student of plants, you learn wherever you go. Just the other day on Wilshire Boulevard in West Los Angeles, I saw the most stunning display of two plants, alternating as they bo...

Unforgettable Elephant Fig

Two recent e-mails raise several general questions on the subject of tree selection and care in the Valley: Q: We live in Porter Ranch, and up until six months ago had a spectacularly large coral tre...

Beautyberry

Plants are full of surprises. In fact, the more closely you observe plants, the more often you are surprised. Perhaps it involves training the eye to see, as opposed to only glimpse or scan. You may ...