Texas Ranger Thrives on Being Ignored

  Texas Rangers belong to that category of plants that thrive on being ignored. The reason you do not see more Texas Ranger plants, despite their spectacular autumn bloom, is because of improper...

My Favorite Ground Covers

“All the ground covers I plant either die after a year or two or become so invasive, like ivy, that I can never get rid of them.  What are your favorite ground covers?” Patricia Hagopian, Arleta The ...

Garden Paradigm for the 21st Century

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, by eliminating the need...

Each of us is given what he needs . . .

From an upper story bedroom window, Michael Kappel looks down on his garden.  It is a soothing sight for someone who lives in constant and excruciating pain, the result of a spinal cord injury sustai...

Gold Discovered in Lantana

The heat of this past summer may have finally given way to cooler autumn days, yet two plants continue to make a determined display of blazing orange flowers, reminiscent of the sun.   In fact, ...

If that plant’s a dud, replace it

If you have lived in the same neighborhood for nearly three decades, as I have done, and if you are an obsessive plant watcher, as I have been, you will have witnessed a fair share of horticultural f...

Agave, asparagus botanically related

Have you ever noticed how the emerging flower stalk of an agave resembles an asparagus spear? It turns out that both agave and asparagus are in the same botanical family (Asparagaceae). Agave, howeve...