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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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Top Veggies to Grow in the Heat

Try planting some of these veggies, which don’t shy away from a little hot weather. Plants That Love the Heat When summer gets cranked up, certain vegetable garden crops naturally outshine others. Here is a compilation of hot-weather all-stars. Sweet Potatoes Sweet Potatoes grow well in summer and produce abundantly in as little as 90

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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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Controlling Weeds in Flowerbeds

  Note: We are sharing this article directly from the LSU AgCenter, intended for homeowners and professionals alike. If you think you have a weed in the “uncontrollable weeds” category, you might want to hire a professional lawn care company or pesticide applicator to use some of the commercial products referenced in the article! Visit

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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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Shade Gardening

Shade is a lovely place to be during the hot Louisiana summers. Gardening in the shade can be a nice relief not only for ourselves, but for our plants. We are all aware of how intense the summer sun can be here in Southeast Louisiana, so take advantage of those pockets of shade you might

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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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10 Flowers That Give You Bloom for Your Buck

Want a showy garden but on a budget? Check out these impressive and inexpensive blooms. Celosia This classic cutting-garden annual comes in shapes and sizes that most people have never even tried. Growing from seed will allow you to experiment with more than the usual suspects you see in garden centers: there are the brainy-looking

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