Red Foliage and What it Means

Red Foliage Unites Spring and Fall If there is one phenomenon that unites spring and fall in the garden, other than mild temperatures and planting sprees, it would have to be a certain leaf color.  I...

Is There a Melissa in Your Life?

Lemon Balm for Long Life Is there a Melissa in your life? If not, there probably should be. She will bring you fragrance, honeybees, and long life. Melissa officinalis, commonly known as lemon balm, ...

Dianthus, flower of God

How to Grow Dianthus Without Corrupting Your Senses Dianthus means flower (anthos) of God (Dios). Of all the flowers in the world, what makes Dianthus so strikingly divine? Carl Linnaeus, the 18th ce...

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...

The Rise and Fall of the Lawn

Eleanor Porter, who lives in Laguna Hills, emailed as follows: “I need my whole yard of 2500 square feet re-sodded. I have no grass now. I need a low water, low maintenance yard.” You might wish to c...

Yucca, Tangerine, and Hellebore

  What do a yucca tree, a tangerine tree, and a hellebore have in common?  Not much, really, except that, if you live in the San Fernando Valley, you can grow all three of them in your own backy...

Godetia of Celestial Origins

When you look at Godetia, do you see God? Actually, Godetia is named for a Swiss Botanist by the name of Charles Henry Godet, who lived 200 years ago.  But the plant that honors his name is clearly c...

Don’t Forget to Notice the Natives

You know you’re getting old when time worn clichés begin to ring true.  One of those clichés admonishes us: “don’t forget to stop and smell the roses,” to which I would add, “and don’t forget to stop...