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Patriotic Plants

The colors red, white, and blue are always on our minds during summer, as the anniversary of our nation’s independence approaches. What better way to celebrate your pride than by planting a red, white, and blue garden? Blue is one of the most elusive colors in nature, but we still have plenty of options for

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Have Summer Color Victory with Vinca

One of the most popular annual bedding plants in Louisiana is vinca, or periwinkle. It is well-known for its prolific and long blooming season and is the favored flowering plant of choice for home gardeners and professional landscapers around the state for warm season color. Vinca (Catharanthus roseus) is a heat- and drought-tolerant plant that

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Colorful Caladiums for Shady Summer Spot

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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Plants to Deliver a Beautiful Mailbox Garden

These annuals, perennials, vines and other hardy growers make great companions for a mailbox garden design. Coreopsis auriculata ‘Nana’ Also known as tickseed, Coreopsis auriculata is a North America native perennial that grows easily in conditions of full sun and soil with medium moisture. Yellow blooms appear from May to June that attract butterflies and

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I’m a Survivor: Plants that Make It

On recent walks through the LSU main campus, New Orleans City Park and Jungle Garden at Avery Island, I was struck by the beauty of the live oaks and the resurrection ferns found growing on them. For some reason, the word resurrection reminded me that Easter will be celebrated by many on Sunday. The recent

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Using Texture in the Landscape

Do you ever look at the shrubs around your house and feel bored?  Do you feel like everything looks the same?  The same green color.  The same leaf shape?  No different, exciting textures or colors to look at.  Well, if that is you, let me offer you a few suggestions on how to spice things

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Let There be Light: A Plants and Light Guide

Knowing how much light a plant needs to thrive seems like a relatively simple issue, but the numerous descriptions for sun exposure found on plant labels can sometimes be perplexing. Luckily, industry standards are bringing consistency to plant labeling, so understanding a few key terms will assist in selecting the right plant for your landscape conditions. Let’s

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How to Plant a Hanging Basket

Use baskets to display spots of color around your home and garden. Looking for some fun and creative ways to display a lot of color in a little space? Hanging gardens give you the chance to put color right where you want it, plus spotlight certain plants. Choosing Your Materials With the wide variety of

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20 Flower Choices to 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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Much about 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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