The Yellow Flowers Of Spring

The late rain we received should give us that many more flowers this spring. The salt that accumulates in our soil, which is a residue of minerals carried in summer irrigation water, is leached down ...

California Wildflowers

Veteran plant watchers have proclaimed this year’s showing of California wildflowers the most spectacular they have ever seen. The message is to get out there now and take a look, because you m...

Snapdragons and Other Colorful Figworts

Of all the families of plants that bloom in early spring, none can match the figworts. Figworts include snapdragon, nemesia, diascia, linaria, veronica, galvezia, mimulus and penstemon. To understand...

Purple Pleasures of Spring

My favorite color of early spring is described on the artist’s color wheel as violet, but is more commonly known as purple. Although violet is exactly halfway between red and blue on the color ...

Yellow Flowers of Early Spring

SO MANY of the late-winter and early-spring blooming plants native to dry climates, like our own, have yellow flowers. One of the most captivating plants presently in bloom is the sea dahlia (Coreops...

Jasmines of Early Spring

Throughout the East and the Midwest, the brilliant yellow flowers of Forsythia are the horticultural harbingers of spring. In the Valley, the fluorescent yellow flowers of primrose jasmine (Jasminum ...

Marigolds Self-Sow in Gas Station Planter

Note:  the following was written in 2000.  Some years ago, the marigold planter  was converted to artificial turf. If you want to learn about the importance of soil in the life of a plant, pay a visi...

Wedding White Candytuft

It might just be that the whitest flowers in the world grow on the evergreen candytuft, Iberis sempervirens. This low mounding perennial, commonly used for edging walkways and planters, flowers this ...

Indian Penicillin and Native Oaks

When you think of Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, camellias, lilacs and roses come to mind. Home to the largest camellia collection in the world, the most extensive lilac planting in Southe...