California Native Beauties

Landscaping with natives means growing naturally shapely plants that never need pruning. Landscaping with natives means growing not only exotic, colorful and fragrant flowers, but woods and barks tha...

Island Bush Poppy

For more than a decade, I had been looking for that highly prized poppy. No one had it. No one could propagate it. Yes, you could see it growing wildon the Channel Islands, and there was a glorious s...

Pining for Orpines

Every plant has its moment, and for the jade plant, that moment is now. In January, it produces cymes of white flowers with a tint of rose to lighten up a dark winter’s day. This is enough, per...

Copper Canyon Daisy

Gardeners, like farmers, take more than a passing interest in the daily weather report. Planting will not be scheduled for a weekend when hot or windy weather is forecast; such conditions may shock y...

Soft Agaves and Silky Feathers

At this time of year, when flowers and fruit are gone from most plants, your focus may turn to foliage. Two soft-leaved agaves are relaxing to gaze upon throughout the year and difficult to resist to...

Aloe ferox and other Dazzling Succulents

It may be the most visible flowering perennial of the winter season and, as a bonus, is one of the easiest to grow. Its species name means fierce, a testament to its spiny foliage, yet its long and f...