Category: Shrubs

Hydrangeas

HYDRANGEAS BRIGHTEN LANDSCAPE One plant that stands out all summer with vivid color is the Hydrangea. In shaded areas, its large blooms of white, pink, or blue will outshine all others. The most common variety in our area is the French Hydrangea. Easy to grow in rich, moist soil, it has a large, mounding shape … […]

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Pruning Tips

PRUNING PRINCIPLES Looking around East Texas this year, you will no doubt see trees that are pruned in several ways. How a tree is pruned will greatly affect the growth form, vigor, and stability of the tree. Two common types of pruning are thinning out and topping. Topping is not a recommended practice. In fact, … […]

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Camellias

CAMELLIAS If you’ve been thinking about adding camellias to your landscape, now is a great time to get ready. While camellias can be set out anytime of the year if properly cared for, late fall to early spring is the ideal time to plant them. For best results, camellias should be planted in partial or … […]

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Hollies

HOLLIES PROVIDE COLOR FOR THE WINTER LANDSCAPE We all look forward to the arrival of spring and the explosion of color in the landscape, but most of us don’t expect the approaching winter season to provide much color. In fact, it’s a time for dormancy and, therefore, a period of drab surroundings. Or is it? … […]

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Hydrangeas

HYDRANGEAS BRIGHTEN LANDSCAPE One plant that stands out all summer with vivid color is the Hydrangea. In shaded areas, its large blooms of white, pink, or blue will outshine all others. The most common variety in our area is the French Hydrangea. Easy to grow in rich, moist soil, it has a large, mounding shape … […]

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Azaleas

AZALEA TIME DOWN SOUTH East Texas is blessed with the climate and soil to grow azaleas, one of the brightest of plants. As a sub species of the rhododendron family, it has adapted to our mild winters and warm summers. The acidic, sandy soils of east Texas are ideal for this prolific bloomer. Nurserymen have … […]

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Rose Care

SUMMER ROSE CARE To ensure the repeated bloom and vigorous growth of roses in your landscape, proper care must be provided. Timely fertilizer and pesticide applications, adequate water and proper pruning will keep them healthy and blooming. Fertilize your plants every six to eight weeks with a complete fertilizer formulated for roses, making the last … […]

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Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow

The Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow (Brunsfelsia pauciflora) bush is unique, beautiful and native to the Brazilian woodlands. I have seen this plant for several years and have been totally intrigued at the three colors on the same plant at the same time. I did not know what it was called, and only found out at … […]

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Winter Honeysuckle

The fragrance of the blooms of winter honeysuckle is usually why most people grow this large, arching shrub. Its botanical name, Lonicera fragrantissima , even denotes the sweet lemony scent of the tiny white blooms that appear anytime from January until the beginning of March. Birds love the red berries that appear after the blooms … […]

Posted in Annuals, Shrubs

Virginia Sweetspire

Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica) is a medium-sized deciduous shrub that may or may not lose all its leaves. In the spring, after the big bloom season has finished, sweetspire opens with lovely arching branches and cascading 4-plus inch spires of white blossoms. It gives a better show if used in a mass planting, as one … […]

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