California Natives: Their Time Has Come

NOTE:  the following was written in 1993, but has lost none of its relevance in the 20 years that have transpired since then. . Sooner or later, Los Angeles gardens and landscapes will be composed pr...

Why prune shrubs anyway?

To prune or not to prune, that is the question. Especially now, as cool weather sets in, people want to know if this is the right time to prune their plants. Fertilizing, watering and weeding are sud...

Pierce College Farm Diminished

It’s the year 2077, and Angela Brahma, a student at StarWorks Academy (formerly known as Pierce College), is upset. She wanted to take Plant Propagation 101 but, at the last minute, the class w...

Paradigm for 21st Century Gardens

When you replace a lawn with water-thrifty plants, you save money by significantly reducing water use by eliminating application of lawn fertilizer and weed control products, the need for a weekly ga...

Curiosity in Eden and a Cyclamen Surprise

Curiosity is not necessarily a good thing. Take Adam and Eve, for example. Despite God’s warning, their curiosity about what would really happen to them if they took a bite from fruit growing on the ...

Gas Station Gardens

Someday, when historians look back at the waning years of the 20th century, the gas station garden may well be regarded as the quintessential artifact of our times. Gas station gardens, consisting of...

Sages Are Wise Garden Choices

If you were restricted in your garden design choices to nothing but sages, you could still easily have the most memorable garden in town. There are 900 sages (Salvia species) to choose from and many ...

African Mask

Some people call it African mask. It could be the most arresting of all indoor plants. If you planted it outdoors during the summer, it would be a stunning plant in your shade garden, although you wo...

Observing Life, As Opposed to Living It

“People who enjoy growing herbs or perennials are forever touting it to anyone who will listen. I listen politely, but I’m not converted. I would rather be taking a shower.” Thus st...

Texas Ranger

You know fall is here when Texas Ranger is in bloom. Depending on the variety, Texas Ranger may bloom at almost any time during the summer. But each season has its signature plants, and the original ...