Caring for Trees during a Drought

We have eight sycamore trees on our property, planted about thirty years ago. They have survived on lawn sprinkler water and winter rains and I had hoped that el nino would provide deep watering this...

Growing Coffee in Los Angeles

Growing Coffee in Los Angeles Yes, it’s true. You can grow your own coffee beans in Los Angeles. Every now and then, I encounter a local coffee plant (Coffea arabica). Coffee plants need protection f...

Protecting Fruit from Birds and Squirrels

We have some fruit trees and they do bear fruit. However, the birds and the squirrels eat the fruit and then leave it half eaten on the ground. I am sure there are many people that have this very sam...

Duranta and other Hedges

Duranta, even though it is commonly known as sky flower, is not named after Kevin Durant, a 7 foot tall basketball player who launches himself skyward on a regular basis. Indeed, the notoriety of Dur...

What to Grow Under Redwood Trees

Q. I have 11 coast redwoods in my yard. They are beautiful, BUT it is very difficult to find anything to grow under them. Between the root system, soil acidity and the shade, my options are limited. ...
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red bird of paradise

To track down poinciana plants, you would have to journey into Madagascar, the West Indies, Uruguay or tropical Mexico. Or you could visit the front of an office building opposite Taft High School on...
Coreopsis grandiflora 'Sun Ray'

Blooming Plants for the Fall Garden

  Autumn is the ideal time to start a garden. This is perfect proof that the gardener’s claim to fame is in manipulating nature, rather than in slavishly following its dictates. The popula...

Gold Discovered in Lantana

The heat of this past summer may have finally given way to cooler autumn days, yet two plants continue to make a determined display of blazing orange flowers, reminiscent of the sun.   In fact, ...