Roger’s Tree Pick: Lemon citron tree

Roger’s Tree Pick: Lemon citron tree

Over the span of my horticultural career, my eye has always been on the lookout for the unique, rare, and bizarre in plants with novel form, shape, color, fruits, and drought tolerance. So what does that say about my garden? Yes, it’s a botanical collection to say the least. An unusual fruit-bearing tree this time […]

Roger’s Tree Pick: Lemon citron tree

Roger’s Tree Pick: Lemon citron tree

Over the span of my horticultural career, my eye has always been on the lookout for the unique, rare, and bizarre in plants with novel form, shape, color, fruits, and drought tolerance. So what does that say about my garden? Yes it’s a botanical collection to say the least. An unusual fruit-bearing tree this time […]

Roger’s Tree Pick – The Morton Arboretum

Roger’s Tree Pick – The Morton Arboretum

It was a cold -7 degrees when I set off to spend the day at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill., just outside of Chicago, a few weeks ago. A 1,700 acre arboretum, Morton has trees from all over the world. The goal of the arboretum is to collect trees, shrubs, plants material and to […]

Roger’s Pick – Palms for the Southland

Roger’s Pick – Palms for the Southland

What is more of an exotic Southern California landscape then tropical palms from far away continents? The family in which palms are in has over 2,500 assorted genus, species and hybrids with either feather- or fan-shaped leaves. Some are short and ground hugging, while others, like the Washingtonia, can tower well over 100 feet on […]

Can you dig it? Rejuvenate your garden this fall

Can you dig it? Rejuvenate your garden this fall

With the long, hot summer months on the go, it’s time to get your garden ready for a little fall facelift and rejuvenation. Here are some autumn chores to consider for a new lease on your landscape: • Remove all summer weeds from your garden and get it cleaned up. • Cut back all dead […]

Rattlesnakes are part of the Valley’s rural landscape – Be prepared; know what to do if someone is bitten

Rattlesnakes are part of the Valley’s rural landscape – Be prepared; know what to do if someone is bitten

More and more people are coming in contact with rattlesnakes because we humans have moved into their backyards out in the countryside. In the United States there are four main types of venomous snakes, rattlesnakes, water moccasins, copperheads and coral snakes. There are over 30 species of rattlesnakes with a great number of subspecies. The […]

Can you dig it? Roger’s Tree Pick: Carob

Can you dig it?
Roger’s Tree Pick: Carob

Are you looking for an evergreen tree, drought tolerant when established, with which you can grow a substitute for chocolate? The tree that fits this bill is the carob or St. John Bread tree. Ceratonia siliqua, one of the two species from the Arabian Peninsula extending into Somalia, can be used out in a dry […]

Roger’s Tree Pick – Persimmons

Roger’s Tree Pick – Persimmons

As we approach autumn, there remains the delicious and colorful fall fruit of the persimmon tree to highlight the landscape. Its delicious fruits can be used for some fall baking and for seasonal decorations for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Their fall-like colorful foliage and striking orange fruits make the Japanese diospyros kaki persimmon a good choice […]

Can you dig it? – Bromeliads in the garden

Can you dig it? – Bromeliads in the garden

How about adding a little spice to your garden and growing some exotic bromeliads from the jungles of Mexico, Central and South America, and beyond? You most likely have eaten pineapple, which falls into the bromeliaceae family and you can grow your own out in the garden in full sun. This family of plants is […]

Roger’s Pick – Plumeria for summertime

Roger’s Pick – Plumeria for summertime

The plumeria is one of the most exotic flowers that we can grow in our gardens and that can drum up thoughts of far away island living and fragrant leis at a luau. Well, my friends, it’s all doable right here in Southern California and the small tree plumeria comes in a wide range of […]

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