Fall Color in Shrubs, Too

For good horticultural reasons, orange, gold and burgundy are fixed prominently in the mind as the colors of fall.   These are the colors of Indian corn and the colors assumed by leaves of certa...

Carob Trees and Vegetable Gardens

Walking under a carob tree the other evening, I smelled a strong scent of chlorine bleach. This unusual fragrance is emitted by carob flowers when the nights turn cool.   In the San Fernando Val...

Late Bloomers

It’s the end of a brutal summer and you would think that every plant would be all bloomed out or unable to flower, even if now is its usual time to do so.   But that thought would be incor...

Beautyberry

Plants are full of surprises. In fact, the more closely you observe plants, the more often you are surprised. Perhaps it involves training the eye to see, as opposed to only glimpse or scan. You may ...

Vines that adhere to walls

Q. I would like a vine that will adhere to walls, stand sun and stay green all year. Ideas?   -Fred Merrill, Beverly Glen   A.There are vines that meet your requirements except that they ar...

Bulbs are worth the wait

Planting bulbs is not for everyone, especially those in need of immediate gratification. You may have to wait six months to see flowers from the bulbs you plant in October. Some people don’t pl...

Everyone should have a ribbon bush

Everyone should have a ribbon bush.   The ribbon bush (Hypoestes aristata) grows into a 3-foot sphere that is completely covered with mauve flowers during the months of October and November. It ...