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...

A Brief History of Ground Cover

Much like clothes or furniture or hairstyles, gardens and landscapes change with the times. Many of the plants you see around you today are not the same ones your grandparents knew. Thanks to plant b...

Wiley Coyote Brush

Before people started to consciously landscape with California native plants, there was coyote brush (Baccharis pilularis). During those long years of drought in the late ’80s and early ’...

Getty Center Rooftop Garden

The new Getty Museum complex, rising atop the San Diego Freeway south of Mulholland Drive, will contain a 60,000-square-foot garden and an expansive rooftop, succulent garden. This is not a coinciden...

It sleeps, its creeps, it leaps

Q. We planted creeping fig along our back fence in May and it’s done absolutely nothing all summer – it looks exactly the same as the day we planted it. I thought it was a fairly quick-gr...

My Favorite Ground Covers

“All the ground covers I plant either die after a year or two or become so invasive, like ivy, that I can never get rid of them.  What are your favorite ground covers?” Patricia Hagopian, Arleta The ...