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Agave: The Ultimate Landscape Succulent

Cacti and succulents are the hallmark of landscapes out west. They embody a toughness against the elements and offer bold, architectural shapes for the landscape. Premier among those suitable for gardening are the agaves. These long-lived perennial plants can be used just as effectively in south Louisiana gardens. Remember, though, these are plants from very

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Don’t Sizzle in Summer: Plant Aloe

Aloes are succulent plants that are originally from the Arabian Peninsula, Africa, and the Indian Ocean region, so they are a great plant to think of in this summertime heat! Like most succulents, these plants like plenty of sun and very low water. They can be grown indoors in very bright light, such as a

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Top 10 “Sun”sational Summer Succulent Varieties

Kalanchoe pumila – Flower Dust Plant This creeping, silver-grey groundcover is a gem in hanging baskets! Sporting pink flowers to accent the ashy, silver leaves, it can take the heat but is also hardy enough to survive light freezes. It will love to be in a dry hanging basket, requiring a fraction of the water

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Spotlight on: Maple Leaf Begonia

Like many begonias, the so-called Maple-Leaved Begonia is a very easy-to-grow container plant. They are fairly drought-tolerant, can grow well in shade outdoors or indoors, and are basically pest-free. The leaves have red veins and a mottled appearance, giving visual interest, and they will also put out delicate white flowers at certain times of the

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Colorful Caladiums for Shady Summer Spots

Caladiums are an A+ selection for reliable color in areas that get some shade. And one investment can provide years of color. Easy enough for the casual gardener to expect routine success, the caladium’s elegant beauty also makes it a staple in the most accomplished gardener’s landscape. Native to tropical South America, caladiums grow from

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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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It’s a Miracle Fruit!

Synsepalaum dulcificum, is known as the Miracle Berry or Miracle Fruit. It originates from West Africa and has the extraordinary ability to change the way your taste buds perceive sour and sweet. The effect comes from a compound known as miraculin. Simply put, the miraculin temporarily blocks the receptors that perceive sour and it also

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SunPatiens vs Vinca

SunPatiens are taking the country by storm so it’s time you give them a try.  These sun loving impatiens are a hybrid of Impatiens walleriana (regular impatiens) and Impatiens hawkeri (New Guinea Impatiens).  They thrive in full to partial sun and prefer rich, well-drained soil. However, Vinca proves to be a similar style bloomer preferred

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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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