Rudbeckias bring colorful cheer in summer

Summertime can be hard on many kinds of plants in our yards and gardens. We struggle to keep alive many types that are native to more tame climates. Soaring temperatures, unrelenting sun and days without rain take their toll on plants of all kinds, even trees and shrubs that are native to our region. So, it is good to take note of plants that year…

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Garden phlox beautiful native plant

Garden phlox (Phlox paniculata) bloom in summer when so many spring things have given up to the heat. This phlox is a…

16 July 2014 [11:16 PM]
Cleome's spidery flowers draw attention

An old-fashioned granny plant, cleome (Cleome hasslerana) is a fascinating summer bloomer. Reseeding in the gardens, cleome is welcomed as a tried…

10 July 2014 [12:01 AM]
Butterfly weed showy summer wildflower

While traveling in Arkansas last week, we came across a lot of this beautiful native wildflower blooming all along the roadsides. Butterfly…

03 July 2014 [12:20 AM]
Licensed irrigator to speak Saturday

Brad McCullough, licensed irrigator with Ewing Irrigation, is scheduled to present “Saving water with Drip — Drip Irrigation Basics and Applications” for the fourth East Texas Garden Lecture Series workshop Saturday at the Tyler Rose Garden, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension…

14 May 2014 [09:55 PM]
When, how long to water keys to quality landscape

Summertime weather conditions are arriving soon as the temperature steadily climbs a few degrees every day or two. Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll be going into summer on the dry side. That means we will need to water our landscape…

07 May 2014 [11:44 PM]
Cool spring beckons gardening season

It seems like our spring is similar to this time last year — very cool. Overnight temperatures in the 40s and mild…

01 May 2014 [12:27 AM]
Stanley to present First Tuesday in the Garden on May 6

Nelda Stanley will present “Hummingbirds and Butterflies” May 6 in the IDEA Garden to kick off the 2014 First Tuesday in the Garden series, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension service announced. Ms. Stanley has been a Smith County Master Gardener since…

23 April 2014 [11:39 PM]
AgriLife Extension lauds Smith Master Gardeners

Last week was National Volunteer Week, and Smith County Master Gardeners, a volunteer program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, celebrated 21 years of volunteer service to the people of Smith County during an awards and recognition program. In…

17 April 2014 [12:01 AM]