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Happy summer, everyone! We spent the solstice hanging out with the peacocks and torch lilies at the LA Arboretum — tour to come. Here in our yard, things are getting interesting in these last days of June Gloom. All three species of our Passiflora in bloom: P....

This spring, we've been busy changing up a few things in our garden — and jumping into some fresh new design projects! You may remember the raised beds we built out of concrete blocks last October. The half-buried and leveled blocks were a quick and inexpensive way to bring...

In this season of highly electrified plants — when any branch that can hold a string of lights gets lit — mistletoe generates its own spark. No batteries required. Placed above a doorway, a sprig of mistletoe is the official kiss-inducer of Christmastime. But out in...

What colors do you associate most with fall? Here in our subtropical climate, we don’t get the level of fluorescent foliage we did growing up in the Northeast and Midatlantic — like the neon New England landscapes I saw last week while visiting friends in...