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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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Houseplants — Good for Home and Health

| November 1, 2011
Houseplants — Good for Home and Health

Brighten winter days by growing plants indoors Bright blooms, the smell of fresh cut grass and a warm breeze may be missing this time of year, but there are ways you can brighten up the indoors and bring some summer gardening back into your life. Houseplants create a fantastic distraction for passing the winter doldrums […]

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

| October 1, 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 bed is to take advantage of the nitrogen and organic matter in the grass by simply smothering it. Mow […]

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Beyond the Lawn, Caring for trees and schrubs

| October 1, 2011
Beyond the Lawn, Caring for trees and schrubs

A beautiful yard involves more than just a lush, green lawn. Trees and shrubs add beauty and value, and they need special attention, as well. According to Ben Hamza, director of technical operations at TruGreen, there tends to be a public misperception that trees and shrubs take care of themselves. “Trees and shrubs add tremendous […]

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Pondering a Pond?

| August 1, 2011
Pondering a Pond?

Creating a water feature is not as hard as you think Vibrantly colored flowers, lush grass and stone pathways are wonderful accents for any backyard. But to truly elevate a backyard to the status of “garden,” few features make a bigger splash than a pond. Ponds can create a focal point, serve as a restful […]

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Choosing the Right Fountain for Your Outdoor Space

| August 1, 2011
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 fountain that will transform your backyard into a private oasis. You only need to make a trip to the […]

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Introducing Bella Anna

| June 1, 2011
Introducing Bella Anna

Fall in love with the first pink Annabelle hydrangea in the English Summer Collection Meet Bella Anna, the first pink Annabelle hydrangea in the Endless Summer Collection. Pink is a unique color for Annabelle hydrangea, and Bella Anna’s stunning, dark pink blooms will steal your heart. As its name suggests, this plant will add beauty to […]

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It’s Time to Plant Bare Root Roses

| May 1, 2011
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 Houston, that means now. The correct planting window in any area, says Michael Marriott, technical manager of David Austin […]

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

| April 1, 2011
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 a bit, according to a Texas AgriLife Research horticulturist. The best he could do was say it was the same […]

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Cut Florals at Peak Season Now

| April 1, 2011
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 now, with affordable prices and the broadest range of types and colors. “Pick up a bunch or two of tulips […]

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Dakota Gold: Texas Superstar Weed-to-Riches Story

| April 1, 2011
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, it just got no respect, having been stuck with the ignoble name of “yellow bitterweed,” said a Texas AgriLife […]

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Fragrant Indoor Spring Garden

| April 1, 2011
Fragrant Indoor Spring Garden

Replant small potted plants into one large pot In spring, buy several small pots of hyacinths and transplant the bulb flowers into a larger pot. Have fun, mix and match the colors. v Fragrant hyacinths are one of the joys of the indoor spring garden. v  Plant multiple pots of hyacinths from the supermarket or […]

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New English Roses for 2011

| March 1, 2011
New English Roses for 2011

FOUR NEW DAVID AUSTIN VARIETIES BRED TO WITHSTAND HOUSTON HEAT Close your eyes and imagine the most romantic garden dreamscape. Chances are, your vision includes abundant fragrant English Roses in mixed garden beds or climbing stone walls and wooden arches.  It’s difficult to resist their charm and classic beauty. English Roses combine the full-bodied beauty […]

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The Dance of Tulips

| March 1, 2011
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 the flowers wilting. “They’re just doing what tulips do—dance in the vase,” says David Caras of the Netherlands Flower Bulb […]

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It’s Time Now to Prepare the Garden for Winter and Spring Blossoms

| November 1, 2010
It’s Time Now to Prepare the Garden  for Winter and Spring Blossoms

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 bed is to take advantage of the nitrogen and organic matter in the grass by simply smothering it. Mow […]

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