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All Seasons Blog

April Gardening to do List

-Prune azaleas, camellias, gardenias, quince, spirea, viburnum, wisteria, dogwood, hydrangeas, mock orange and redbuds immediately after they are finished blooming to encourage flowering for next year. -Do not prune off foliage of spring-blooming bulbs until after the foliage has turned brown. -Plant warm-season bedding plants. -Fertilize shrubs using a general-purpose fertilizer. -Fertilize azaleas and camellias after they

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Planning a Summer Flower Garden

As we move into April, we can enjoy the peak blooming season of our cool-season annuals. But it’s not too early to begin to plan our summer gardens. If you have empty flower beds, you may even begin to plant summer flowers in late March in south Louisiana or early to mid-April in north Louisiana.

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Edibles in the Landscape

Don’t just plant a back yard veggie garden, create your landscape with edible plants! The following are just a few ideas to start with, but planning and consideration can create a beautiful landscape that is largely, or possibly even completely, edible! Many of us gardeners have a vegetable bed in the back yard, or a

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Caring for Hibiscus

Growing hibiscus is an easy way to add a tropical flair to your garden. When you know how to care for hibiscus plants, you will be rewarded with many years of lovely flowers! Here are some tips on how to care for these tropical flowers: Growing Hibiscus in Containers: Many people who are growing a

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How to Landscape with Plants Indigenous to Louisiana

Did you know many native Louisiana plants, such as irises and hardy hibiscus, are fantastic additions to the landscape? See our selection of native plants, and read this fantastic article that features one of our best native plant growers in the state, Rick Webb, our source for natives! “Wholesale plant grower Rick Webb is a

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Blackberries: Plant Louisiana’s Native Treat

Did you know blackberries are native to Louisiana? Many commercial varieties are well adapted to the growing conditions here. They can be grown in the home garden with few or no pesticides. Basically, there are two types of Blackberries: the erect type and the trailing type. The distinction between the two is their growth habit.

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Amazing Azaleas

Azaleas are a member of the genus Rhododendron. There are more than 800 species of Rhododendron and of these approximately 40 species are evergreen azaleas. There are also several specials of deciduous azaleas.Deciduous azaleas are native to Asia, southern Europe and North America. The honey suckle azalea, or Rhododendron canescens, grows as a native in

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Adventures in Orchids

You’ve seen them in our greenhouse and in the pages of the trendiest magazines. Their beauty is impressive but the thought of caring for one may intimidate to you. Don’t worry, you’re not alone, many people, even those with green thumbs, have a false image of orchids being fragile and high maintenance. We have good

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Begin Homegrown Tomatoes Now

It’s time to plant tomato transplants into the garden, especially in our region of south Louisiana.  Early-planted tomatoes produce more and higher-quality tomatoes and benefit from lower pest populations. Choose cultivars with the fruit size, shape, color and flavor you want when deciding on what types to grow. Disease resistance is a real advantage in

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Create Your Own Container Garden

Follow these 3 simple steps! STEP 1:          THRILLER The “Thriller” should be the largest, most colorful or most unusual in the container. Your “Thriller” is what draws attention to your container, and they are placed in the center or back of the container you choose. STEP 2:          FILLER The “Fillers” function is to fill the

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