Hydrangeas Grow Well Under Walnut Trees

Less than a century ago, thousands of acres of walnut orchards thrived in what would become the Los Angeles megalopolis. Today you can find the remnants of these orchards in equally spaced walnut tre...

A Pause for Kangaroo Paws

The kangaroo paw, when properly grown, is one of the most dramatic plants for Los Angeles gardens. Its flower stems can grow to 6 feet, and it will bloom from spring to fall. The most outstanding loc...

From Gold Medallions to Angel Trumpets

Over time, shrubs and trees that bloom every year, but only briefly, are increasingly welcome, much like old friends, each time they flower. Your appreciation of them grows from year to year as you l...

How to Grow Hydrangeas

At the end of last week’s column, I asked for advice on how to grow hydrangeas. Thanks to your e-mails, I have become an expert on the subject. “I have two hydrangeas in my backyard facin...

Hydrangeas: Classic Garden Plants

Is there anyone who does not like hydrangeas? These perennials have probably the largest sphere-shaped flower clusters in the botanical world. The blooming globes are up to half a foot in diameter, a...

Agapanthus: Flower of Love

It is appropriate that June, the favorite month for weddings, should also be the peak bloom period for the flower of love, otherwise known as agapanthus. The name is a combination of two Greek words:...

Dusty Miller

In the lexicon of a gardener, dusty miller means lacy, silvery, fuzzy leaves. No, Dusty Miller wasn’t a prospector or cowboy with a fine garden. Rather, dusty millers are so-called because thei...

Peruvian Lily

              Imagine a plant that blooms most of the year in red, pink, rose, orchid, purple, maroon, burgundy, orange and yellow, yet needs little attention. Imag...