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...

Your plant’s problem could be you

A plant expert once told me that he had a stock answer for people who came to him with the question, “What’s wrong with my plant?” ”The problem,” he would always say, &#...

Children Work in the Garden, too

If we could do our work with the fascination of a child digging in the garden, the world would be transformed. Fascination is defined by a child watching wriggling worms or extracting carrots from th...
Island Oak- Quercus Tometella

Neighborhood Plants & Tree Transplanting

Lately, I have received several letters requesting names of plants that grow well in specific situations. The best way to select plants is to walk around your neighborhood and choose from among those...