Having trouble with your flowers? Try Ornamental Salvia

I have spent the past two years trying to establish a modest but charming hedge of rosemary, not the waist-high, architectural walls of clipped rosemary that I once saw in the south of France, but a row of small, billowing evergreen herbs. You have to set your rosemary sights lower in a town with unpredictable winters and muggy summers. Rosemary…

Okra: Southern kitchen favorite can stand Texas summers

No matter where you live in Texas, we have one thing in common - summers are hot. For those who choose to live here, your heat tolerance can make or break you, especially for those of us with an appetite for gardening. The same goes for many of our vegetables. Many of our beloved garden edibles prefer the milder temperatures of spring and fall.

Labyrinths turning up in some homeowners' yards

The labyrinth is an ancient idea made new. The spiral design has been around since before recorded history, though no one is sure where the pattern originated or why. In Neolithic times, labyrinths were scratched into rocks. In Cretan tradition, a labyrinth imprisoned the mythical Minotaur. For medieval Christians, walking a labyrinth at a

Gardening with succulents goes 'viral'

It's hard to say at what point the growing of succulents went from being a nerdy backwater of gardening to a viral sensation. It might have been the day somebody figured out you could hot-glue them to just about anything. Debra Lee Baldwin recalls seeing them affixed to sunglasses and license plate frames. "That floored me," she said. All right,

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NIH: Health benefits from gardening

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11 April 2016 [12:13 PM]
Herbs are great for container gardens

Ever since I started gardening, I have been addicted to growing plants - especially edible plants. When I first got started, I had a 13-by-10-foot space to grow in. Before I started planting, I had multiple sheets of graph paper…

23 March 2016 [10:18 PM]
Rose Garden set for improvements and rose bush replacements

In 2014, a hard freeze killed more than 60 percent of the roses in the Tyler Rose Garden. Over the last two years, restoration efforts have been made with half of the rose bushes being replaced. Tyler Parks and Recreation…

11 March 2016 [01:10 PM]
Take measures to promote healthy turfgrass

While I get lots of emails and phone calls concerning plant issues, the issue I’ve had the most questions about involve diseased turf grass. While there are a number of fungicides that you can apply for infections such as take-all…

02 March 2016 [06:11 PM]
Need a shade-tolerant groundcover? Try Ajuga

Ajuga, a shade tolerant groundcover. Most gardeners will eventually have the issue of too much shade in their gardens, whether it’s from their ornamental shade trees or the pines towering overhead. One of the most common questions I’ve been asked…

24 February 2016 [09:14 PM]
Chickens are rewarding companions in the garden

There are few things as satisfying as prepar-ing foods made with ingredients grown in our own backyards. When people think of these ingredients, most often images of perfectly ripe tomatoes and handfuls of basil come to mind, but gardeners all…

10 February 2016 [09:15 PM]
Learn some new things at the Garden Lecture Series

The East Texas Garden Lecture Series is a six-lecture educational program sponsored by the Tyler Water Department, Smith County Environmental Horticulture Committee and the Smith County Master Gardener Association. All but one lecture will be at the Tyler Rose Garden…

27 January 2016 [11:01 PM]
Master Naturalist East Texas Chapter to offer 2016 classes

The East Texas Chapter of Master Naturalist, a nonprofit organization, will have its 2016 classes beginning Jan. 19, the chapter announced. Classes will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Tyler Nature Center, 11942 Farm-to-Market Road 848 in Tyler.…

16 December 2015 [09:43 PM]
It'd hard to top the holiday sparkle of poinsettias

Holiday plants bring much needed “sunshine” into our homes during winter. Poinsettias - perhaps the most popular Christmas plants - provide so much color for so little. I love getting some to put in a large basket on my fireplace.…

16 December 2015 [09:43 PM]
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