Mexican sunflower brings color, fun to your garden

Tithonia rotundifolia, better known as Mexican sunflower, grows in the Heritage Rose Garden, and if you go out there, you will see the brilliant orange-red flowers along with all the butterflies it attracts. Growing about 4 feet tall, more or less, Tithonia loves summer heat and bright sun. Covered with 2- to 3-inch…

Get ready for seasonal change

Keith Hansen, Keeping It Green This will be my last Keeping It Green column I write for the Tyler Morning Telegraph as the Smith County Extension horticulture agent with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, as I retire at the end of the month. It has been my goal to provide gardeners of all kinds with useful and interesting news and tips on

Want to add spark to your yard? Try variegated foliage

Variegated foliage adds light to shady areas. We learned that last week with variegated hydrangeas. Would you believe the plant in the photo is none other than St. Augustine grass? It is the very one you most likely have in your yard, only this one is variegated, not as hardy in winter, and very decorative. Stenotaphrum

Count on hydrangeas to spark in shady yards

Some of you may have fairly shady yards that need a little brightening up. Hydrangea “Mariesii” variegata is a good plant for those hard-to-plant shady spots. This hydrangea has lived in our IDEA Garden since the beginning, and we really love it. This year has been a beast for such a shade lover since we lost a large

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Get ready for seasonal change

Keith Hansen, Keeping It Green This will be my last Keeping It Green column I write for the Tyler Morning Telegraph as…

27 August 2015 [05:15 AM]
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Colorful zinnias can take the heat

I know all of you are expecting something unusually beautiful and utterly unexpected for this article, but what could be more beautiful…

08 July 2015 [07:45 PM]
Only life-long, gluten-free diet can treat celiac disease

Celiac disease is a genetic disease, where gluten in the diet causes the immune system to attack the cells in your own body. Gluten is a storage protein found in wheat, barley and rye. The only treatment for celiac disease…

01 July 2015 [09:00 PM]
Extension Center sets field day

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton announced it will have a Horticulture Field Day, June 25, with guest speakers and tours of ornamental field trials. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., and tours will be conducted in…

10 June 2015 [07:39 PM]
Master Gardeners' 'Jewels in the Garden' set for Saturday

Smith County Master Gardeners spring conference, “Jewels in the Garden,” on Saturday, will feature speakers and tours, organizers said. The one-day conference begins at 9 a.m. at the Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive, Tyler. Jean Smith, event publicity…

03 June 2015 [09:06 PM]
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