Favorite shrubs of the IDEA Garden

Punica granatum, “Nana” or dwarf pomegranate is one of our very favorite shrubs in the IDEA Garden. Evergreen in warmer years, deciduous in colder years, dying back to the ground in the coldest years, dwarf pomegranate always gives us a bright show from spring right into winter. If you go to our garden today, you will see it blooming &…

Stock is another old garden gem that needs to make a strong comeback

If you enjoy fragrance in the garden as much as me, stock is a lovely addition for you. The softly sweet fragrance reminds you of grandma’s talcum powder.

Maples do quite well for a home landscape

One of the finest ornamental trees for a home landscape is the Japanese maple. I should probably rephrase that, because there is not just one Japanese maple, but hundreds of different named varieties sporting different growth habits, with varying leaf shapes and colors.

Do a little something for our feathered friends this winter

I like this time of year. After a long, hot summer, the arrival of autumn is so welcome.

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Favorite shrubs of the IDEA Garden

Punica granatum, “Nana” or dwarf pomegranate is one of our very favorite shrubs in the IDEA Garden. Evergreen in warmer years, deciduous…

19 November 2014 [08:19 PM]
Time to start thinking about a Spring garden

This is the time of year to put your flower and vegetable garden to bed, and start getting ready for your spring garden. Now that we’ve had some hard freezes, annual flowers and warm-season vegetables are finished and can be…

19 November 2014 [08:17 PM]
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Bishop Dahlia thrives in the heat

I know I have written about this beauty in the past, but it is so pretty right now, I thought you might…

05 November 2014 [08:21 PM]
Preparing flower beds for winter

In Texas, with its lovely fall weather, it is hard to think of preparing our flower beds and gardens for winter. However, it is easier to start now than doing it on a cold day or even trying to do…

05 November 2014 [08:19 PM]
Trees are important to our daily life

Trees do many things for us. They provide shade and structure, add aesthetic value to our property and provide oxygen for us daily. Trees are hardy but can sometimes be affected by disease and insect damage. The best defense for…

01 November 2014 [07:04 PM]
Camellias bring color through winter season

I was not familiar with camellias until moving to East Texas. I quickly gained an appreciation for them with their elegant glossy evergreen foliage and their stunning blooms. But I was more impressed that they begin to bloom in the…

29 October 2014 [07:08 PM]
The East Texas Garden Lecture Series continues today

The East Texas Garden Lecture Series continues today, with Greg Grant making a presentation on “Forgotten and Under-utilized Plants for East Texas.” Registration for the lecture opens at 8:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 9 a.m. This is the…

24 October 2014 [08:56 PM]
Master Gardener program seeking applicants for service

It’s that time year again when the Smith County Master Gardener program is seeking applicants to become part of a highly trained core of volunteers who assist the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to conduct gardening educational programs and projects…

15 October 2014 [09:30 PM]
East Texas Lecture Series set to start Saturday

Smith County Master Gardeners begins its East Texas Lecture Series on Saturday with a presentation by David Gary, the organization announced. Gary continues gardening despite that muscular dystrophy has restricted him to a wheelchair. His garden, which he designed,…

10 September 2014 [11:22 PM]
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Cardinal flower 101

Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) a Texas native plant flourishes in moist areas in full sun to part…

10 September 2014 [11:17 PM]
Master Gardener to kick off ‘First Tuesday’ series

Patsy Besch, Master Gardener, will offer information about “Herbs in the Winter” as the First Tuesday in the Garden lecture series resumes Tuesday, organizers announced. Her program will begin at noon in the IDEA Garden of the Tyler Rose Garden.…

31 August 2014 [12:46 AM]