Neil discusses “native” versus “adapted.” And wait ‘til you see the short video showing the best lantana planting he’s ever seen.
September gardening tips for Texas from our experts
Variegated plants to light up your shade garden
Wildlife sculptures add energy and spirit to the garden
Neil’s best tips for a beautiful cool-season lawn
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s new family garden
Planting time for delectable descendants of wild cabbage
A fragrant cloud of blossoms to revive your garden
Annual weeds, bagworms, dying shrubs
This is where you’ll find some of Texas’ unique plants, places and services along with a new podcast or video each month. This month Arborilogical Services founder Steve Houser shows us what “root flare” is and tells why it's important to our trees.
About our cover…Back when he was director of horticultural research at the Dallas Arboretum, Jimmy Turner would tantalize my listeners (and me) each week with the description of a plant most of us had never grown.
One day he spoke of Solomon’s Seal, Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ and my ears perked up. Something for shade? Something really durable, and with color to boot? I stopped by a nursery that afternoon and bought all that they had, and these several plants have been thriving near our front door ever since. I took this photo just a few days ago. This planting has looked great since early spring!
You may find them in nurseries now, but they’re more commonly available in spring. They’re also available online, and some growers have 10 or 15 different selections. Photo © Neil Sperry
Gretchen Drew, Manager
William D. Adams
Steven L. Chamblee
Diane Morey Sitton
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