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Plant a Pollinator Garden

| June 1, 2016
Plant a Pollinator Garden

You And The Pollinators Will Enjoy The Benefits! By Melinda Myers Whether planting a garden, enjoying the beauty of your landscape or sitting down to a delicious meal, you have bees, butterflies and other pollinators to thank. The efforts of these essential members of our ecosystem are responsible for much of the food and beauty […]

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Springtime Kicks off Hibiscus Show Season

| May 1, 2016
Springtime Kicks off Hibiscus Show Season

  Dramatic tropical flower will be featured at Sugar Land event By Judy Latta Photos by Pat Merritt and Linda Anderson Spring is upon us, and as warm weather blossoms begin to burst, few are as stunning and impressive as the eye-catching exotic hibiscus. Also known as “the Queen of the Tropics,” hibiscus colors range […]

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Water Garden and Pond Tour, May 7-8

| May 1, 2016
Water Garden and Pond Tour,  May 7-8

  Event Is A Self-Guided Tour Of Gardens Across Metro Area By Mara Soloway Do you dream of turning your mundane St. Augustine lawn into a more meditative outdoor space with lovely water lilies and the sound of running water? Does the idea of sipping your morning coffee in a peaceful retreat with dancing dragonflies […]

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Butterfly Heroes Help to Save the Monarch

| July 1, 2015
Butterfly Heroes Help to Save the Monarch

NWF Campaign inspired kids and parents to save the declining species The majestic Monarch butterfly is in decline and needs your help. National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Amer­ica’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, is giving away 10,000 Butterfly Heroes Garden kits to help save the monarch butterfly. NWF’s new Butterfly Hero Campaign, launched March 4, […]

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No Garden Space? No Problem.

| June 1, 2015
No Garden Space? No Problem.

Enjoy Flowers, Herbs And Edibles In Containers By Melinda Myers Brighten up your patio, deck or front entrance with containers. They’re an excellent way to add color, fragrance and beauty where plantable space is limited or nonexistent. Set a few containers on the front or back steps, in the corner of your deck or in […]

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When and How to Prune Roses for Lush Results

| May 1, 2015
When and How to Prune Roses for Lush Results

Tips To Get The Best Blooms By Chelsea Fuss, Craftsy.com The first time I grew roses, I was so afraid of doing the wrong thing I treated them like fragile little plants. Actually, roses are surprisingly resilient and it’s tough to kill them. Pruning a rose garden a few times each season enables the plants […]

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Be a Butterfly Hero!

| April 1, 2015
Be a Butterfly Hero!

NWF Campaign inspired kids and parents to save the declining species The majestic Monarch butterfly is in decline and needs your help. National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Amer­ica’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, is giving away 10,000 Butterfly Heroes Garden kits to help save the monarch butterfly. NWF’s new Butterfly Hero Campaign, launched March 4, […]

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Texas Roses Must Be ‘On’ Year-Round To Make The Cut

| December 1, 2014
Texas Roses Must Be ‘On’ Year-Round To Make The Cut

Texas rose breeder likes lots of colorful, fragrant blooms

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Fall Zinnias Named Texas Superstars

| November 1, 2014
Fall Zinnias Named Texas Superstars

New Marylandica type forms “mounds of color” By Robert Burns What really got the Texas Superstar board members excited about fall zinnias were some new series, including the marylandica types that form disease-resistant “mounds of color,” lasting until frost when planted in late summer, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Research horticulturist. “These are very colorful […]

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Garden Color 101

| August 1, 2014
Garden Color 101

  Experiment With The Three Color Harmo One of the best things about gardening is the lack of rules. That’s especially true when it comes to color – anything goes! In the garden, there are as many different ways to use color, as there are gard­en­ers. Flower and foliage colors can be chosen to complement the […]

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When and How to Prune Roses for Lush Results

| June 1, 2014
When and How to Prune Roses for Lush Results

Tips To Get The Best Blooms By Chelsea Fuss, Craftsy.com The first time I grew roses, I was so afraid of doing the wrong thing I treated them like fragile little plants. Actually, roses are surprisingly resilient and it’s tough to kill them. Pruning a rose garden a few times each season enables the plants […]

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Transform Garden Spaces into Tropical Splendor

| May 1, 2014
Transform Garden Spaces into Tropical Splendor

Create an instant oasis with hibiscus and mandevilla With winter and its monochromatic landscape in the rearview mirror, it’s time to think spring bling with colorful plants for patios, porches and garden beds. A vibrant outdoor experience doesn’t require endless hours of bending and digging. It’s as easy as pairing and potting the big, bright […]

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Brighten the Holidays with Amaryllis

| December 1, 2013
Brighten the Holidays with Amaryllis

They are easy to grow indoors and outdoors Winter is not the season most often associated with growing flamboyant flowers – unless the subject happens to be amaryllis. With large tropical flowers that rival anything the summer garden can boast, amaryllis are grown indoors in pots to brighten the holidays and dark winter days. Such […]

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Perfect Timing for the Plunge: Fall Pool Construction

| October 1, 2013
Perfect Timing for the Plunge: Fall Pool Construction

By Melanie Saxton Fall is the ideal time to plan for a swimming pool installation. Construction throughout the winter can ready your backyard for a springtime oasis. But because underground pools are permanent fixtures, it makes sense to know ahead of time precisely what style of pool fits your needs. For many, owning a pool […]

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Houston Gardens Can Show Texas Pride – Five colorful flowers you can enjoy this fall

| September 1, 2013
Houston Gardens Can Show Texas Pride – Five colorful flowers you can enjoy this fall

By Jennifer Miko With fall weather approaching, cooler conditions welcome new opportunities to bright­en up your landscaping. There are many wonderful plants to consider that thrive after the summer months. Annuals are versatile and can be planted from a seed or transplant, or grown in a container. They’re perfect for window boxes, lining a sidewalk […]

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“Princess Anne” – David Austin’s New Featured Rose for North America

| September 1, 2013
“Princess Anne” – David Austin’s New Featured Rose for North America

A CERISE PINK TRULY FIT FOR A PRINCESS David Austin Roses has selected Rosa “Princess Anne” as its newest “featured English Rose” for North America. Austin’s featured rose category is an online showcase for select, top-performing roses for U.S. and Canadian gardeners, with particular focus on those that perform best under the kinds of diverse […]

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A Guide to Lasting Color in Your Garden

| June 1, 2013
A Guide to Lasting Color in Your Garden

Designing a breathtaking flower garden is a lot like composing a symphony. You mix and match plants just like the notes of a great concerto.

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Flutter By, Butterfly

| April 1, 2013
Flutter By, Butterfly

Photography by Zac Stayton, Cockrell Butterfly Center Interested in butterfly gardening? Butterflies can dance around yards almost year round in the Houston area. Nearly a hundred species inhabit southeast Texas, from large and showy monarchs, gulf fritillaries and several spectacular swallowtails, to tiny delicate blues and hairstreaks or the fast-flying skippers. Commonly seen are monarchs […]

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Five Tips for Dazzling DahliasThese showy blooms can hold their own in our blistering heat

| August 1, 2012
Five Tips for Dazzling DahliasThese showy blooms can hold their own in our blistering heat

For broad-shouldered, showy blooms that can take the summer heat, you can’t beat dahlias. Despite a pop culture reputation for being associated with mystery, there’s no secret to growing these hardy plants. Dahlias perform beautifully in the garden or in containers and yield magnificent cut flowers. For these reasons alone, dahlias should be on your […]

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Conrad-Pyle Introduces Four New Roses in 2012

| April 1, 2012
Conrad-Pyle Introduces Four New Roses in 2012

They may become the true “Stars” of your garden Sunshine Daydream, the 2012 All-America Rose Selections winner, leads the way among four new offerings from The Conard-Pyle Company/Star® Roses this spring. Yellow roses take center stage this year, with Eyeconic™ Lemonade and Sunshine Daydream. The pale pink Eyeconic™ Pink Lemonade and bright red Thrive™ complete […]

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Two New Fragrant English Shrub Roses

| March 1, 2012
Two New Fragrant English Shrub Roses

From a new line of David Austin breeding  Now, American rose lovers can enjoy two delightful new David Austin English roses available by mail order. The two varieties are ‘Princess Anne’, a cerise pink fully-double rose from a new line of David Austin breeding, and ‘Skylark’, a lilac-pink semi-double rose. His English roses are known […]

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Fragrant Indoor Winter Garden

| January 1, 2012
Fragrant Indoor Winter Garden

Replant small potted plants into one large pot Fragrant hyacinths are one of the joys of the winter indoor garden. Buy potted bulbs already forced and the hard work’s done, leaving you the fun part. Even before the flower color starts to show, the green buds poking out from the top of the bulb give […]

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Fall Planting for Fall Blooms

| November 1, 2011
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, Autumn Crocus and Cyclamen hederifolium (hardy cyclamen). All are fairly small in stature, planted in fall, and bloom right away. […]

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