Miniature Mondo Grass Is Dying

A grasslike, shade-loving perennial, mondo grass (Ophiopogon japonicus spp.) Can suffer from root diseases. “Gyoku-ryu” (Ophiopogon japonicus “Gyoku-ryu”) is a mini cultivar that grows 1 to 2 inches tall. “Gyoku-ryu,” which grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 7 through 10, grows best in partial or full shade and well-draining soil. Other dwarf […]

Fantastic Design Plant: Coast Silktassel

Among the coastal shrubs and wild chaparral that predict the mountainous coast of California and Oregon house, the pendulous catkins of shore silktassel (Garrya elliptica) really are a decoration. When most plants sleep through the winter, shore silktassel comes to life with a cascade of floral tassels. Found by noted botanist David Douglas, shore silktassel […]

Cool-Season Vegetables: How To Grow Chard

Chard, also known as Swiss chard, is a glowing star of the fall garden. If you have a peek at the leaves of its cousin, the beet, you can see a family resemblance. But unlike beets, chard does not wait for you to notice it at the backyard. It easily reaches 2 feet or taller […]

Garden Tour: A Ravaged Plot Emerges as a Showpiece

Barb Krasuski and Peter Swan didn’t think they needed sinkhole insurance. Actually, they moved back and forth several times before paying the $40-a-year premium. Several decades after a giant storm rolled through central Pennsylvania, resulting in flooding and extensive damage throughout the region. Let us just say the insurance came in handy. Join me today […]

Southern California Gardener's September Checklist

September in Southern California is a transition from summertime to springlike weather warm days, crisp nights along with a chance of hot, dry Santa Ana winds. Over the next few months, we’ll observe the shift at local nurseries from summer bloomers to winter flowering plants and out of hot season veggies to cool season types. […]