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Earthkind Roses

It’s said that there are only two kinds of people: Those who grow roses and those who wish they did! The Earthkind rose program is for everyone, even those with the proverbial black thumb. To earn the Earthkind designation, a rose must perform very well (note: very well not just well) with a minimum of … […]

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Drying Roses

It is difficult to think about preserving roses when they are in full bloom. However, that’s the ideal time to start. Preserving roses is so easy to do and definitely very gratifying. Dried flower arrangements are a great way to display your flowers when fresh flowers aren’t available. And dried flower arrangements make memorable gifts … […]

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Veronica

This old-fashioned perennial is a wonderful addition to the garden. Veronica comes in a variety of colors, but the most common one is the large-spiked ‘Sunny Border Blue’ and the ground cover ‘Waterperry Blue.’ Other varieties available are ‘Red Fox,’ ‘White Icicle,’ ‘Blue Charm,’ ‘Georgia Blue,’ and ‘Pink.’ Veronica blooms from March through September, but … […]

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Verbenas Like it Hot

The summer of 1998, with its high daily temperatures, has been a test of many gardeners’ perseverance. We watched as our flowering plants faded, wilted, and even died. With water restrictions or voluntary control of water use, our plants very likely didn’t get as much water as we would have preferred. Even so, some plants … […]

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Turk’s Cap – 2

If you like red and are looking for a reliable, easy-to-grow plant, consider Turk’s Cap (Malvaviseus arboreus). Its name is derived from the shape of the small blooms it produces continuously from early summer through late fall. A pistil protrudes above the petals that are loosely rolled to somewhat resemble a delicate rosebud. The dark … […]

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Turk’s Cap

Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. Drummondii) is a native shrub of both Texas and Mexico. Also known as Drummond wax-mallow, it attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and moths. It has a woody or semi-woody base and many stems, with leaves that are large, notched and slightly fuzzy. It goes especially well in a more casual garden. It … […]

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Summer Snowflakes

Summer snowflakes, Leucojum aestivum., is the correct common name of what we frequently call snowdrops. The foliage comes up in February and looks almost exactly like that of the daffodil, which blooms about the same time. The flowers usually appear in March. They are tiny, white dangling bells about one-half inch long. Each petal sports … […]

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Red Spider Lily

Red Spider lilies are also known as Naked Ladies, Surprise Lilies, Schoolhouse Lilies and Hurricane Lilies. Red Spider lilies, Lycoris radiata, are perennial flowers originally from Japan. The slender 12-18 inch stems with no leaves carry bright red flowers with red stamens, fanning outward and up like curled fringe or long eyelashes. They like well … […]

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Spider Lily

Is a “Naked Lady” a lily? No, the versatile spider lily, sometimes referred to as naked lady or mystery lily, is not a true lily; rather it belongs to the Lycoris genus, part of the Amaryllis family. Their large, striking blooms have curled petals and stamens that give them their spidery appearance. They do not … […]

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Summer Color

It’s difficult to choose only one flower to add extra color to your flowerbeds during our hot Texas summers. Tough as it may be, I’ve narrowed the list down to my two favorites. These might become some of your favorites as well. Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia sp.) is a handful of sunshine. I love the outstanding … […]

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