Ramble through the Brambles

If you are looking for a safe haven, start spending time in a garden. The word “garden” comes from Old French and Old English words for “enclosure.” Evidently, the garden has ...

Patience Yields Hidden Treasure

At the end of my street, completely covering a low chain link fence that borders a front yard on all three sides, the magnificent violet trumpet vine (Clytostoma callistegioides) has been flowering. ...

Lavender Trumpet Vine

Some of the plants that bring the most pleasure are those that, virtually unnoticed throughout the year, suddenly come into view on account of their spectacular, if brief floral display. Each spring,...

Wisteria Potential & Primrose Jasmine

In all the world, there is no vine like wisteria. From Sierra Madre to Jerusalem, I have seen nothing that can match its seemingly limitless potential for growth. How appropriate that wisteria should...

Shade Tolerant Vines

We want a plant for a terra-cotta pot that will grow fairly wide and not more than 5 feet tall. It could flower, fruit or just produce pretty foliage. It will face north and not get much sun. >Claire...

Trumpet Vines Sound Off in Spring

In the Valley, trumpets of every color herald the news that the sometimes balmy, sometimes stormy, sometimes just plain hot days of spring have arrived in full force. The trumpets I speak of are atta...

Bougainvillea: a Love-Hate Relationship

Your relationships with plants, like those with people, may undergo radical changes with time. Plants that you thought were the most beautiful on Earth when you started gardening may look far less at...