Bulbs, Bulbs, Bulbs

The ginger lily is a plant whose relative obscurity is matched only by its beauty and reliability in the garden. As is so often the case with plants, ginger lily is a misleading name; this species is...

Abundant Harvests from Mountain Tops

Psalm 72 foretells the Messianic age, when heretofore imaginary phenomena – such as universal peace and prosperity – will become real, replacing the strife and poverty the world has known...
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red bird of paradise

To track down poinciana plants, you would have to journey into Madagascar, the West Indies, Uruguay or tropical Mexico. Or you could visit the front of an office building opposite Taft High School on...

Dead Snails Leave No Trails

If misunderstanding is the source of fear, long-dreaded garden pests will be regarded with affection after reading  “Dead Snails Leave No Trails” (Ten Speed Press). Loren Nancarrow and Ja...

Plant Food: the basics

No area of horticulture is wrapped in a greater mystery or filled with more confusion and misinformation than fertilization. Some people are fairly obsessed with the idea of “feeding their plan...
Coreopsis grandiflora 'Sun Ray'

Blooming Plants for the Fall Garden

  Autumn is the ideal time to start a garden. This is perfect proof that the gardener’s claim to fame is in manipulating nature, rather than in slavishly following its dictates. The popula...

A New Kind of Potato

The consequences Adam and Eve faced after tasting forbidden fruit were severe. Eden had been the original low-maintenance – actually no-maintenance – garden. Without any work on the part ...

Coral Trees

The coral is the official tree of the city of Los Angeles, perhaps because – like the fame and fortunes found here – it grows quickly but is often short-lived. The coral tree’s root...