Favorite Red Flowers

Red is the most powerful color.  If you put it near your front door, you will quickly tire of it.   A red hedge of roses or poinsettias looks good when you are moving, whether down a path or down a r...

Variegation is the Garden Spice of Life

Coprosma ‘Tequila Sunrise’ I have known gardeners who were obsessed with variegated plants.  Their gardens were devoted exclusively to these schizophrenic beauties.  Variegated refers to ...

Every Plant Has Its Place

“I hate that plant” is a statement no experienced gardener will ever make. Just when you think there is no rhyme or reason for the existence of a certain plant, you see it growing in a sp...

Fast Growers

In Los Angeles, plants grow faster in May than in any other month. In May, the lengthening days and warming nights push plants to grow at a rapid pace that continues through most of June. Then, the s...

New Zealand Flax for Foundation Planting

With new Los Angeles Department of Water & Power water restrictions starting Monday, people are creating gardens that only need watering twice a week, since Mondays and Thursdays are the only da...

Creating a Tropical Paradise

Ironically enough, you may solve the problem of creating a tropical microclimate by the positioning of tropical palm trees overhead. It may also be helpful to live in a densely built or densely plant...