Moss, a Pretty Garden Problem

Q: I live in Santa Clarita, which you know is semi-arid. However, my gardening problem is moss, which I thought only grew in moist areas. Is there anything that will kill the moss but will not harm o...

Wood Sorrels (Oxalis species)

Q: I have a problem with a weed growing in my yard. It has leaves similar to a three-leaf clover and produces a pink flower. I have been told it is related to oxalis. It also originates from a bulb s...

Relaible, Non-Invasive Ground Covers

One thing’s for sure: It is better to stay with one ground cover throughout a landscape than to plant many different types in a hodgepodge manner. Ground cover is really supposed to serve as a ...

Freeway Daisies

For years, the dazzling white, trailing African daisy was a staple of highway landscaping, so much so that it earned the sobriquet “freeway daisy.” The plant proved astonishingly tough, a...

Dwarf Pink Yarrow as Lawn Substitute

Q: We have Marathon tall fescue grass in our rear yard that has never done well, possibly due to two Dobermans. However, they are much calmer now that they are older and won’t be around forever...

Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’

It used to be that winter was the season when you received seed and plant catalogs in the mail. You could sit by the window and watch the rain (or snow in colder climates) while leisurely leafing thr...

Fertility Plants

Every subject under the sun can be found in the Bible – even aphrodisiac and fertility-enhancing plants. In Genesis, Reuben goes into the wheat fields at harvest time and finds mandrake plants,...

Sedum confusum: Dreamy Ground Cover

Sedum confusum is the ground cover of my dreams, and might be of yours. Sedum confusum doesn’t have a common name, and is appropriately possessed of uncommon qualities. Unlike ivy, gazania and ...

Bacopa

Bacopa (buh-KOH-puh) answers the dilemma of gardeners in search of long-blooming plants for balcony containers and hanging baskets. It also does a magnificent job spilling out of planter boxes and tr...