Category: Annuals

Winter Color

HELLEBORES (LENTEN ROSE) FOR WINTER COLOR Winter color in the garden is a desire of all avid gardeners. Hellebores, also known as Lenten Rose, are a wonderful addition to the shade garden. These are long-lived plants that bloom late winter or early spring. There are many varieties with color ranges from purple, red, near black, … […]

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Wildflowers

PLANTING YOUR OWN WILDFLOWERS Are you enticed by the lavish meadows of wildflowers that appear each Spring along our highways? Why not create a meadow of your own in your backyard. Here are a few simple steps to ensure success in growing wildflowers. In the East Texas area, the best time to sow your seed … […]

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Violets

MEET THE LOVELY AFRICAN VIOLET African violets have long been favorite house plants. By understanding their basic and simple cultural needs, they will grow and bloom for a long time. Light: Several hours of sun daily or artificial grow lights are needed for healthy plants. Too much sun turns foliage yellow and causes the leaf … […]

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Tulips

TULIPS To your list of fall preparations for spring don’t forget about tulips. They are an ideal compliment to azaleas and a colorful addition to your beds. They make cheerful borders and beautiful mass plantings. They are perfect accents to early-flowering perennials and mix very well with pansies. Mass plantings of single colors give a … […]

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Sunflowers (Helianthus)

Sunflowers are one of the most important annual oil-seed crops in Texas. The cultivated types are descendants of the common, wild sunflower, which is a Texas native. Sunflowers tolerate cool temperatures and drought, a wide range of soil and climate conditions, even hail, wind and sand abrasion. They also have low water and nutrient requirements, … […]

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A Sunflower Hideaway

It’s easy and fun to help children create a summer hide-away with sunflowers. The first thing to do is to throw out the idea that sunflowers need to be planted in rows. For this project, the sunflowers will be planted round and round in a circle! You’ll need: a garden spot that gets at least … […]

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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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Snapdragons

Common Name: Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus) Snapdragons were introduced to me when I was a little girl, by my Nana Elizabeth in Oklahoma. We were walking through her flower garden and she stopped and proudly picked a bright yellow snapdragon bloom. She showed me how to pinch the eye-catching tubular flower to make its “mouth” open … […]

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Flowers From Seed

What better says renewal or paradise than spring flowers? To have more for less you can try broadcasting annual seed. For fine seed, mix it with copious amounts of sand or sugar and broadcast in areas where there is bare or exposed soil. Seeds in this category would include red flax, globe amaranth, celiosa, nicotiana … […]

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Planting Annuals

PLANTING ANNUALS Annual flowers must be set out or seeded every year. They are inexpensive, easy to grow and produce instant color. The following hints may help save time and money as you add these colorful plants to your landscape. Plant annuals in blocks of color instead of single file like toy soldiers. Consider flower … […]

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