Beautiful, blue Vitex might remind you of lilacs

ANDIE RATHBONE Smith County Master Gardener I’m partial to blue flowers. In our blazing hot summers, they give me the illusion that the temperatures are cooler than they really are. That’s why, about 12 years ago when I was touring a daylily garden in Dallas, I had to ask the owner about the small trees lining his driveway that were blooming…

You can make a vertical garden from a wooden shipping pallet

Taking plants aboveground makes it possible to grow herbs, flowers and produce in places where soil is nonexistent, such as on a city balcony the size of a postage stamp. Less apparent advantages include portability. When Friton realized the sun wasn't hitting the plants in his back yard, he built a vertical garden and moved it to where it could get proper sun.

City arborist to illustrate the value of Tyler’s urban forest at Bergfeld Park

The Parks and Recreation Department, Tyler Trees Committee and Texas A&M Forest Service are hosting an educational tree identification and valuation event from Friday to Monday, at Bergfeld Park. Each tree in Bergfeld will be identified with a tag stating its species and estimated value. These tags will give the public a general idea of the worth

The perpetual appeal of the peony

Fashion and taste come and go in the garden like anywhere else, but peonies are the rarest of blooms - they have never been out of style.

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Texas Superstar plants have been deemed proven superstars for the garden

Smith County Master Gardener Association Texas Superstars are plants that are highly recommended by Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service. They earned this Texas-tough recognition after extensive evaluations by the Texas Superstar Executive Board, comprised of Texas A&M horticulture specialists.…

27 July 2016 [07:14 PM]
The perpetual appeal of the peony

Fashion and taste come and go in the garden like anywhere else, but peonies are the rarest of blooms - they have…

10 June 2016 [09:15 AM]
Azalea gall can affect neighboring bushes

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service As a horticulturist, it might surprise some that I had never even seen an azalea before moving to Tyler. I had spent all of my life in Central Texas and the Panhandle, and…

19 May 2016 [12:17 PM]
NIH: Health benefits from gardening

Is there anything more delicious and nutritious than vine-ripened tomatoes, just-harvested peaches and corn, or fresh herbs and spices? Growing your own…

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]
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