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Fall Planting for Fall Blooms Fall Planting for Fall Blooms

Three species that offer instant gratification
Planting bulbs in fall is usually about anticipation of spring blooms. But there are a few fall-planted bulbs that actually offer near instant gratification. The Big Three are Colchicum, …

It’s Time Now to Prepare the Garden for Winter and Spring Blossoms Three new plants introduced by Heronswood Nursery for 2011 It’s Time Now to Prepare the Garden for Winter and Spring Blossoms Three new plants introduced by Heronswood Nursery for 2011

Soil preparation is the most important step in growing a successful garden, and fall is the perfect time to prepare a new garden spot.
An easy way to convert lawn space to a garden or flower …

Choosing the Right Fountain for Your Outdoor Space Choosing the Right Fountain for Your Outdoor Space

Follow these expert tips
Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon spent many years and covered many miles searching for the fabled “fountain of youth.” Fortunately, you don’t have to go to those lengths to find a special …

Blue Princess Verbena Regains Its Texas Superstar Crown Blue Princess Verbena Regains  Its Texas Superstar Crown

Original varieties contaminated; new ones are virus-free
By Robert Burns
Texas AgriLife Research Center
One of the newest Texas Super­stars, virus-free Blue Princess verbena is not like other princesses, said the executive director of the Texas Superstar board.
For …

Mother’s Day Sunrise Surprise Mother’s Day Sunrise Surprise

Start Mother’s Day off right with a beautiful breakfast in bed. A pretty tray set with the good dishes and real linens, a fresh flower and some delicious food will put a smile on Mom’s …

It’s Time to Plant Bare Root Roses It’s Time to Plant Bare Root Roses

English roses work well in Houston gardens
 
According to rose experts, the time to plant bare root roses is when they will root best, thus ensuring best performance for the life of the rose. In …

Pink Flare Hibiscus Might be too Gaudy for some, but not Texas Pink Flare Hibiscus Might be too Gaudy for some, but not Texas

Pink Flare And Peppermint Flare Varieties Named Superstars
In the mid-1990s, Dr. Sam McFadden of Somerville, Tenn., a well-known plant breeder, developed a hibiscus whose color he didn’t like, one whose gaudiness actually embarrassed him …

Dakota Gold: Texas Superstar Weed-to-Riches Story Dakota Gold: Texas Superstar Weed-to-Riches Story

Dakota Gold helenium had a tough childhood. Cast into life as a common weed, it had to survive abusive Texas summers, frequent and brutal right-of-way mowings, trompings in over-grazed pastures and abandonment in empty lots.
Worse, …

Cut Florals at Peak Season Now Cut Florals at Peak Season Now

Spring is the season for cut and fun, when an abundance of cut tulips, daffodils and hyacinths answers the siren call of spring. Spring bulb flowers are a top seasonal “best bet” at peak availability …

The Dance of Tulips The Dance of Tulips

Getting The Most Life Out Of These Graceful Beauties
Don’t be spooked if the straight, upright tulips that were arranged yesterday are leaning and drooping all over the place today. No mischief is involved, nor are …

Tips for Growing Easy Care Orchids Tips for Growing Easy Care Orchids

No Special Skills Required For These Beauties
Think orchids are just for those with green thumbs and garden aprons filled with gadgets and secret instructions?
Think again. Now there are no-fear orchids for everyone that will reward …

Practical Meets Pretty Practical Meets Pretty

Container gardening is a great alternative for people who don’t have the time or space for a full garden or flower bed. Often, however, container gardeners may feel they have to choose between beauty and …

Light up the Garden with Daylilies Light up the Garden with Daylilies

Though each flower lasts but a day, daylilies light up the garden with blooms for many weeks. The common orange and yellow stalwarts have given way to color combinations too numerous to list, and browsing …

Easy Elegance Roses Easy Elegance Roses

A tour of the 2010 Easy Elegance® Rose garden showcases these popular, easy-growing roses in all colors and sizes. Zone 9-hardy plants are available at better garden centers across the area. One new variety adaptable …