Category: Annuals


Petunias are one of our more popular bedding plants in the spring. And for good reason – there are many forms and colors to chose from. Here are some petunia classes, series names and a brief description of their growth habit and garden performance. Multiflora large flower size (3 1/2 inch); wet, humid, rainy conditions; … […]

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IT’S PANSY TIME! The common pansies we see in our area are referred to as garden pansies. They are very short-lived perennials, treated as annuals, which have faintly scented or unscented flowers, more or less round, often with patterned “faces.” Pansies do well in containers or in flower beds. They come in single colors, bicolor, … […]

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PERIWINKLES: A SUMMER FAVORITE Periwinkles are wonderful summer plants, but many gardeners become discouraged when they see their plants shrivel up and die. Many gardeners decide that periwinkles are “difficult” plants to grow, but the problem is generally caused by planting too early in the season. Periwinkles are susceptible to a disease called Phytophthora. This … […]

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Passalong Plants

A SOUTHERN TRADITION – PASS-ALONG PLANTS The gardens of the South are usually a blend of many cultures such as native American, Spanish, French, African American, English and German. A beautiful book, The Southern Heirloom Garden by William C. Welch and Greg Grant, gives an interesting and detailed account of the story of our gardening … […]

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Ornamental Kale

All varieties of ornamental kale fall under the botanical moniker Brassica oleracea. The smooth-edge types are often called ornamental cabbage, but at their botanical roots, they are ornamental kale. Ornamental kale is known in the seed trade as “65-mph color,” which means that a planting of kale creates such a splash of bold hues that … […]

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Moon Garden

A moon (or evening) garden is a wonderful way to extend the amount of time you can enjoy your landscape. Planning and plotting your moon garden is essential, but also a lot of fun. First, choose your moon garden location. It should be near your porch, patio, or wherever you enjoy sitting or strolling in … […]

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Meadow Pink

Several years ago, we built on a wooded lot in an established neighborhood in Tyler. Some of the native plants or wildflowers that have come up on their own in our yard are American beauty bush, jack-in-the-pulpit, spiderwort, trumpet vine, Virginia creeper, wood fern, and probably others that I am not aware of. My personal … […]

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Everlasting Flowers

When you begin planning your 2000 garden, consider the group of flowers known as “everlastings” because they dry so well. Everlastings can be easily dried for use in wreaths, arrangements, or craft projects, and can be enjoyed long after cold weather arrives in the fall. One favorite everlasting is Gomphrena, also called globe amaranth. These … […]

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Jewels Of Opar (Talinum paniculatum)

Have you seen a blooming plant with tiny stalks covered with clouds of small, airy, starry hot pink flowers among golden-green leaves? Jewels Of Opar (Talinum paniculatum) blooms will rapidly give way to tiny beautifully colored seed heads of ruby red, burgundy, and gold, each looking like a little jewel. Sometimes called flame flower, this … […]

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Heat Tolerant Summer Annuals

Summer is upon us. Having already experienced upper 90-degree temperatures in June, many of our colorful spring annuals have diminished in vigor and beauty. But plant materials are available that will provide the color we desire and tolerate our almost intolerable East Texas summer heat. Here are some suggestions to replace stressed and faded plant … […]

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