Tiger lilies in IDEA Garden showing their brilliant colors

We have tigers in the garden, and you must come and see. Our tigers are guaranteed not to bite or attack. They won’t even roar, but they are handsome fellows. Our tiger lilies are blooming profusely now in the IDEA Garden, and wow! Most of you know and may even have the old-time tiger lily with relatively small…

Gardening enters maintenance mode as summer begins

Now that summer is here, most activities outside involving the landscape and garden are in mostly a maintenance mode. But, before delving into some of those items, here is an update on an event in our “backyard.” I attended the Horticulture Field Day at Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center at Overton

Perennial coneflowers bring color to sunny spots

If you have a sunny, or mostly sunny location, with reasonably well-drained soil, and are looking for a perennial flowering plant that blooms most of the summer, is drought-tolerant when established and comes in a wide range of colors, consider coneflowers. This is a group of native, hardy perennials that belong to

Daylilies, originally from Orient, really evolved on American soil

Daylilies are the mainstays of so many gardens. They come in fabulous colors, shapes and all sizes, from giant 4-footers down to miniscule 10-inch dwarfs. Daylilies (Hemerocallis) originated in the Orient, coming to America via explorers and immigrants. Rapidly accepted into American gardens, they spread quickly to

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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]
Unidentified small rose no doubt Lady Banksia

Dear Neil: When we purchased our home in 1972, there was a mesquite tree that was covered with a vine. The vine sported many tiny pale yellow blooms that looked like little roses. I believe they even smelled like roses,…

27 May 2015 [08:59 PM]
Lime mound spirea perfect small shrub

Spireas come in all sizes, colors, and shapes. Lime mound spirea is one of our all-time favorites in the IDEA Garden. Growing…

20 May 2015 [07:53 PM]
Gulf Coast Penstemon displays beauty

I love this little native wildflower. Penstemon ten-uis, or Gulf Coast Penstemon, blooms all the month of April and way into May…

13 May 2015 [08:46 PM]
'Jewels in the Garden' set for June 6

Three horticulturists will speak at a one-day gardening conference, “Jewels in the Garden,” on June 6 at the Tyler Rose Garden Center, Smith County Master Gardeners, the organizing entity, announced. The conference is to inspire gardeners and provide practical information…

12 May 2015 [08:21 PM]
Palestine woman named President of Texas Garden Clubs

(TNS) -- Gardeners across the state will soon know the name of Carol Moore as Texas Garden Clubs' newest president. Though she will not take office until June, Moore was installed in April and will be the second woman from…

01 May 2015 [02:17 PM]
Japanese plum yew great groundcover

I’d like to introduce you to a different kind of evergreen groundcover that may fill a niche in your landscape. If you…

22 April 2015 [11:23 PM]
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