Growing Blueberries in Los Angeles

“This morning my wife and I spent three hours harvesting over four quarts of blueberries. We pick every three days, enjoying them for breakfast, evening salads, and freezing.” I received this email l...

Bloodleaf

It makes perfect sense that bloodleaf should be growing well in the garden that surrounds the classroom of Joe Montanez at Alfred Nobel Middle School in Northridge. Montanez has been a horticulture i...

New President, New Oval Office Plant

The results of the Presidential election were an unbelievable surprise to many people but, at least for plant watchers like myself, the backdrop to the photo of Trump and Obama in the Oval Office was...

Small is Beautiful in the Garden, too

“Small is Beautful” was a best-selling collection of essays on economics written in 1973. The lifestyle encourage by the author, E.F. Schumacher, would lead to “the maximum amount of well being with ...

What to do About Aging Ivy

“For years ivy has flourished on our hillsides.  This year, most of the ivy on the hillsides has died or withered and weeds  have overtaking the ivy.   The ivy is about 50 years old and receives full...

Columbine, Convolvulus, and Kalanit

Columbine, a flower meant for every garden, is a study in irony.  Let’s start with its name.  Columbine is derived from columbo, the Latin word for dove.  If you take the flower and turn it ups...

Parkway Ground Cover

We are looking for a ground cover for our parkway (between the street and the sidewalk) that will be stronger than the grass and weeds that will inevitably try to regain ground there.  We know we wil...

Everybody Loves Bellflowers

Everyone loves bellflowers. They belong to the Campanulaceae family, an appropriate appellation since campanulate is the botanical term for bell-shaped flowers. It harkens back to those Italian campa...
blue periwinkle (Vinca Major)

Ground Cover to Plant Under Pine Trees

Q: I recently bought a house in Atwater Village (Silver Lake/Los Feliz area). There is a huge pine tree in my parkway strip and the ground below is covered with dead needles. The tree keeps it shady....