Kalanchoe, ka-lan-KO-ee, ka-lan-CHO-ee

The name Kalanchoe — pronounce it either ka-lan-KO-ee or ka-lan-CHO-ee and you’ll be just fine — may sound strange and foreboding and, if truth be told, some of the plants included in thi...

Goodbye Stocks, Hello Exotics

  If you visit Worldwide Exotics Nursery in Lakeview Terrace, I promise that you will encounter numerous plants that you have never seen before and will probably never see again, unless you take...

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...

Perennial Succulent Color

The gardener’s call for vivid color may be answered not only by water-needy annual flowers but by perennial, drought tolerant succulents as well.  Anyone who doubts the veracity of this claim need on...

Cactus Flowers Are ‘Incroyable’

Nowadays, it is rare to receive a letter by snail mail. You know, the old-fashioned way that mail was sent, before the advent of personal computers and email. Surely you remember. Not too long ago, t...

Tree Yuccas and Their Ilk

Gunilla and Michel Hamaoui, who live in Woodland Hills, sent me a photo of a tree whose identity they did not know. They also wanted to know how often it flowered. I did not know what kind of tree th...

Agave Nobility

Q. I planted a two-gallon-sized octopus agave in my front yard, where it receives full sun. It receives some filtered shade from a nearby tree but that is during the morning hours. During the month a...