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Summer-Loving Annuals

May signifies the last month of spring and the transition to summer.  May is also when your cool weather annuals like, pansies, petunias, snapdragons and others will play out and it’s time to replace with heat loving annuals.  These plants will grow, bloom and perform throughout the summer and fall until it’s time again for

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Visit a Tropical Paradise by Stepping Outside

Although we complain when it starts to warm up, it is the heat that allows us to grow some of the most amazing plants – blooming tropicals! These plants can be planted in your landscape or containers while taking our heat and bloom all summer long! We define tropicals as woody stem shrubs and vines

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Crape Myrtle: Louisiana’s Summer Tree

This top-flowering and easy-to-grow tree or shrub is the queen of the South and great for summer color. Crape myrtles are hands down the mainstays of our Southern summer landscape. Whether you spell it crape or crepe (keep in mind that the Crape Myrtle Society of America uses the “a”) or play it safe with

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Much on Mulch

Mulch helps plants and keeps soil healthy. All plants greatly benefit from mulching. The application or re-application of mulch is important to provide your garden once per year. Cedar or cypress bark is recommended due to its resistance to rot and fade, and has the ability to stabilize soil in beds and retain moisture. Cedar also

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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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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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20 Ways to Make a Small Garden Seem Bigger

Have a small space and big garden dreams? Try a tip or two this Spring! Divide and Conquer It seems counter-productive, but dividing a small space into smaller areas based on function actually helps give a little yard some breathing room. A long and narrow yard can feature a water garden, al fresco dining area, play

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