Parkway Plants

I am forever on the lookout for successful parkway plants. Here, parkways refer to those narrow strips of ground in residential neighborhoods between sidewalk and street. Traditionally, parkways have...

What to Plant Under a Pine Tree

Question: We’re trying to design a low-water 2,500-square-foot back yard with a big pine tree overhead. We’ve looked at some designs but they all use crushed rock or gravel or bark, which...

Gazania and Other Water-Wise Selections

There are lessons to be learned from the commercial landscape on the corner of Milbank Street and Sylmar Avenue, just east of Van Nuys Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. This landscape offers a hint of pleas...

White Birch & Mexican Evening Primrose

  We were in the path of an incredible wind storm last year in the San Gabriel valley. It took out all of our large trees. Since we now get to start from scratch, I would love some advice about ...

Michael Kappel’s Paradise

From an upper story bedroom window, Michael Kappel looks down on his sumptuous garden in Westwood. It is a soothing sight for someone who lives in constant and excruciating pain, the result of a spin...

Wedding White Candytuft

It might just be that the whitest flowers in the world grow on the evergreen candytuft, Iberis sempervirens. This low mounding perennial, commonly used for edging walkways and planters, flowers this ...

Mulch

The longer you garden, the more you hate ground cover. Ground cover is a category of spreading plants that includes ivy, iceplant, gazania, pink clover (Polygonum cuspidatum compactum), trailing lant...