Flower Power — Even When It’s Hot

The flowers you planted in spring may have all but disappeared now. If so, you might be wondering if there is something you could plant that would flower despite summer’s heat and bloom straigh...

Princess Flower

If more people knew about the princess flower, it would surely become one of the most popular plants on earth. To borrow from Will Rogers, I never met a man who met a princess flower he didn’t ...

Cactus Flowers Are ‘Incroyable’

Nowadays, it is rare to receive a letter by snail mail. You know, the old-fashioned way that mail was sent, before the advent of personal computers and email. Surely you remember. Not too long ago, t...

King Palms, Throatworts, & Sunflowers

It was nearly 20 years ago that I paid my first visit to the Virginia Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills. Many of the plants that I saw on that visit have disappeared but the Iochromas remain. Iochrom...

The Man With Flower Power

Ted Howard is a man with flower power. His limitless energy appears to be derived from the flowers that surround him. The focus of his life is planting flowers, and he is the only person in the Valle...

Arboreta, Patience, & Australian Trees

If you want to learn the meaning – that is, the beauty – of patience, visit a botanical garden or arboretum. I recently had the opportunity to do so in Arcadia, where the Los Angeles Coun...