Classic Winter Bloomers

    Note:  The following was written shortly after a major earthquake in January, 1994. Whenever I walk my dog, I see a microcosm of Los Angeles at the end of the block. In the ruins of an ...

Lilacs

I have a lilac in front of my house in a west-facing planter. It is of the `California Rose’ variety and was purchased a few years ago. It bloomed this spring but is blooming again now. I have ...

Geoff Stein, Humble Plant Lover

Geoff Stein is the classic example of a plant lover, only moreso. When you interview him, you quickly realize that his mission in life is to instruct the world about plants, but that he seeks no pers...

Cool Blue Blooms of Fall

And so, in the end, it has been left to the cool blue blooms of November to finally grant us a reprieve from the die-hard summer of ’96. Until a few days ago, it seemed that this summer, regard...

Perennial Fragrance Garden

Can you imagine a garden where every leaf on every plant is fragrant? Such a garden is entirely compatible with the Mediterranean climate of Southern California. Drought-tolerant plants often have fo...

Asparagus planting produces for decades

Isn’t it about time you grew your own asparagus? That nutritious vegetable is not getting any cheaper, and yet it is one of the easiest and most economical to grow. If you plant a plot of aspar...