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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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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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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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Hydrangea Growing Tips

Once you know a few growing tips, you’ll enjoy these easy-to-grow beauties even more.   They Can Take the Sun You don’t need heavy shade to grow hydrangeas. In the South, most will thrive in morning sun and afternoon shade. The further north you live, the more sun these plants can take. Avoid Trees Don’t

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20 Spring Must Have Flowers & Shrubs to Add Now

UpTick Coreopsis This bold, hardy, and durable perennial has been noted by the LSU AgCenter for its bulletproof character and larger blooms in a range of colors that attract butterflies. Longer bloom periods and better resistance to moisture-related disease than older varieties. Ragin Cajun Ruellia With a name like that, you know it’s made for

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20 Flowers that Attract Butterflies

Start planting now to make sure butterflies have your garden on their radar! Butterfly Bush (Buddleia) Butterfly bushes (Buddleia or Buddleja) are large, fast-growing shrubs whose flowers are irresistible to butterflies. Buddleias are easy-care plants and have a fragrant scent, making them delightful for an outdoor gathering. Phlox Phlox is a low-growing, spreading plant that

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