Herb Garden Watered by Soaker Hoses

What kind of garden yields potpourri and perfumes, spices and teas, incense and insecticides, soaps and dyes, curatives and candy, and, as a bonus, is drought- tolerant?   The answer, if you hav...

Theodore Payne’s Wildflower Hill

In the waning years of the 20th century, people seem to have two contradictory desires. On the one hand, they crave extraordinary excitement and thrills – from heart-stopping action movies to n...

Window of Opportunity for Fall Planting

The moment known as the window of opportunity for planting in the Valley has arrived. From the last days of September through the entire month of October into the first days of November, we can do no...

How to Select and Plant a Tree

Since trees should be planted in the fall, and since fall coincides with Halloween, I thought it might be appropriate to mention some of the horrors brought on by incorrect tree planting decisions an...

Oleander Alternatives and Fig Propagation

Q: We are horse owners and ride on the Chatsworth equestrian trails maintained by the city. Several years ago, the city planted oleander bushes along the bridle path. Oleander leaves are highly toxic...

New Plants Are a Revelation

Plants you have never seen before are always a revelation. You experience a sense of reverence and renewal in their presence. Just when you thought you had seen everything, suddenly there is a leaf s...
blue periwinkle (Vinca Major)

Genesis of Spring Garden is in the Fall

“Getting ready for fall” is the mantra that every gardener repeats over and over again at this time of year.   In the fall, there is a special aroma of renewal in the air. It is the ...