Formal Gardens and a Bellflower Passion

Michael DeHart lives from the heart. He is a man generous with his time and with his knowledge. He is devoted to his work and says he will never give up his job. DeHart is the horticulturist of the J...

Huntington’s Ultimate Plant Sale

Last weekend’s annual plant sale at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino was something to behold, once you got out of the parking lot. At the Huntington, there is a remarkable collect...

Gerbera Daisies

The title of this story could be “Ode to the Gerbera Daisies Growing at the Fast-food Restaurant on the Corner of Van Nuys Boulevard and Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.” I have been st...

Weidner’s Gardens

In mild climates like ours, gardeners take pride in discovering plants that flower nonstop throughout the year. Such plants may eventually get boring, but until they have been around for a few years ...

Nothing but Mallows

If I had to create a flower garden of plants belonging to a single family, I probably would choose Malvaceae, comprising the mallows and hibiscuses. Many of these plants have incredible flower displa...

Crowning Glory of Tiara Street

A tiara is a crown, and it so happens that California poppies are the crowning glory of Tiara Street in North Hollywood, at least that portion of it that stretches between Bellaire and Goodland avenu...

Everybody Loves Lobelia

Everybody loves Lobelia. This should not be a surprise, you might say, since there are a total of 415 Lobelia species throughout the world. There must be at least one species you would love and at le...

Jerusalem Flora

For millennia, Jerusalem has been a magnet to people from all parts of the globe. Perhaps its unique history helps to explain its uncanny horticultural diversity — why just about anything, it seems, ...

Everyone Loves Mallows

Everyone loves mallows. Did you ever meet a person who did not smile when gazing upon a hibiscus, a hollyhock or a flowering maple (abutilon) for the first time? Then there are marshmallows, named fo...

7 Iris Species

Irises are not as popular as they should be. The beauty of their flowers is unparalleled and most types can grow in either sun or shade with little water. Yet they are not seen in gardens nearly as o...