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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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Don’t Wait! Root Stimulate for Summer Planting Success

Many people are asking whether this or that plant can be planted in the summer. The fact of the matter is that Louisiana has a climate that allows for planting 365 days a year, with a little understanding of how plants work and what they need. Virtually all outdoor landscape plants follow a seasonal succession

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It’s Hot Out Cher

Excuse me, did someone put the heater on? It’s getting hot out there, and summer officially began on June 21, the summer solstice. We are fortunate in many ways to live in a state that allows a year-round growing season for flower and vegetable gardens, and south Louisiana is considered to have a subtropical climate.

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Are Container Gardens “Burning Up?”

No rain and extreme heat can cause many plants in containers to “burn up”.  Included in this are many plants that can usually grow in a sunny location with our summer heat.  Some plants are dropping buds and their blooms, others have scorch on their foliage and some are just curling up.  What can be

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Life or Death to your Plants: Summer Watering

Lots of new planting gets done every spring. Proper watering can make the difference between life and death to newly planted lawns, trees, shrubs, ground covers, and bedding and vegetable transplants during summer. Because their roots have not had time to grow out into the surrounding soil, these plants do not yet have well-established root

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Tips and Tricks for Longer Bloom Times

Keep the color going in your landscape with these easy tips. Flowers in the Landscape Adding flowering plants to the landscape is the quickest way to add visual appeal. “Planting flowers” can mean different things to different people, but no matter what type of plant they are on, everyone wants their flowers to last as

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Grilling with Herbs

Starting an herb garden can be a new and fun experience for anyone, whether you live on a large piece of land, or you have a small porch or patio at your apartment. You can grow herbs in the ground, in containers, in hanging baskets, or sometimes even indoors!  You can use your fresh herbs

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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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Soothe from the Sun: 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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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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