Yellow Foxtail

Gardening Question From Reybo: This spring I bought from an online garden center 5 lbs of wildflower seed. It should have gone to a larger site than 15 x 30 but that’s where it went. It’s been more than 60 days and it’s become a weed patch, 98% Yellow Foxtail and the rest Zinnia, plus […]

Wildflower Mix For Steep Bank

Gardening Question From Clare: PLEASE HELP…..we are building our new house in Fallbrook CA .and have a very long and steep bank which has to be stabilized > I do want to do a more long range landscape plan but need to get seed mixture on bank for building inspector …There are so many seed […]

Fortnight Lily (Dietes)

Question from Mari Jon: Hello! Intended to cut back dead leaves from the fortnight lilies. I  pulled on some of them, and they came out easily.  Is this an acceptable way of getting rid of the dead leaves, or must I cut them back near the base?  Seems like I might be freeing up space […]


Question from Yvonne: Is it possible to grow hydrangeas in southern ca, I live in Pico Rivera..not sure my zone #, 3 have died in containers. Not sure what I ma doing wrong. Answer from Pat: Hydrangeas grow wonderfully well here. They love facing east, but they do need plenty of water and good drainage. […]

Poinsettia With Drooping Leaves

Question from Julia: We just moved into our new home with a 7 feet poinsettia in our back yard. The plant doesn’t look good with drooping leaves. I water it every night for a week but nothing changes. Then, I set up a gallon water bottle. The plant seems to drink, then the bottle is […]

Indoor Antheriums

Question from Debbie: Hopefully you know about indoor plants as well…. I am sure you do!!! 😉   I have two antheriums that were beautiful but they are becoming smaller and smaller now 🙁 I have each sitting in the bathrooms, thinking the humidity would be good for them. They each keeping getting brown on the […]

Potted bonsai bouganvillia

Gardening Question from Debbie: I have this pot outside in my garden in a location where it receives morning shade but direct sun most all afternoon. It did well for a while; then all leaves dropped but coming back now as soon as I watered less. How often should I water this pot?? and what […]

Pruning and Training Star Jasmine

Question from Margaret: Hi Pat, My husband and I are not gardeners, but now we have a house with a big yard and we have some very happy star jasmine. They are planted near a wall and we installed some wire trellis above so it could eventually grow up and over the trellis. Basically, I […]

How to Grow TALLER Phaleonopsis

Question from Patricia: What can I do to get my phalaenopsis TALL again? I’ve had one for several years and unfortunately each year it’s become successively shorter.  Even though it produces over a dozen blooms, the stem is just barely six inches above  the leaves!?!  What’s the best time of the year to force the […]

Plant Zinnias Seeds

Plant seeds of zinnias now. “Benary’s Giants” (sold as “Parks Picks” by the Park Seeds) is immune to mildew. Choose a spot in full sun, till the ground to spade depth, work in organic soil amendment and balanced fertilizer into the top six inches. Soak the soil, let settle overnight. Plant seeds one by one, […]