Dear AT LA,
I have a small patio that I would love to fill with plants, but I'm no gardener, so everything tends to die. Any suggestions?
We too, are cursed with a lack of a green thumb. We did however (with the help of our gardener pal) recently purchase what we hope will become our pride and joy: a Star Jasmine (also known as Confederate Jasmine, and Trachelospermum jasminoides)
Jasmine grows all over LA, giving off some of the sweetest smells in all of the land. It's a good climber, too. We love the deep, rich green leaves that make the plant look lush even when it's not in bloom. Although we have heard conflicting reports, we were told that the jasmine practically grows itself. It doesn't need huge light and watering is pretty simple.
For what it's worth, we also love buying Rosemary and Basil. Even if they die off in a month, it still costs the same as buying the $2.00 packets from the grocery store, and what is better than cutting fresh herbs when cooking? Good luck.