Many plants known as salvias are great selections for drought- tolerant gardens.
In this large plant family, many of the small shrubs and herbaceous perennials sport colorful, sometimes fragrant blossoms and aromatic foliage. Most flowering salvias are also beneficial for wildlife, attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Flower colors range from white to pink, blue and purple.
In Texas, Salvia leucantha is known as Mexican bush sage.… Read the rest
Hummingbirds are an extraordinary gift of nature.
Clad in beautiful jewel-like iridescent feathers, hummers have hearts that race more than 1,200 beats per minute while in flight. And while tiny in size, hummingbirds are capable of amazing flight acrobatics.
Hummingbirds live on nectar and by eating small insects such as aphids, gnats, spider mites and spiders. The insects provide essential protein, vitamins and minerals while the nectar gives the birds the energy they need to fly long distances.… Read the rest
You need not wait a century to enjoy growing agave.
Commonly called century plants, agaves make dramatic accents in the garden while also demanding very little water or maintenance. These native Texas plants are easy to grow, thrive in dry locations and add a natural Southwestern flair to landscapes.
Agaves are evergreen shrubs unlike any others you may cultivate. These architectural succulents grow 2’-5’ tall depending upon species.… Read the rest
Basil is a popular culinary herb, but it is also loved for its fragrance, foliage and flowers. As an extremely easy-to-grow warm-weather herb, basil is a staple in many Texas gardens.
Basil is used extensively to flavor dishes, and it is the main ingredient in pesto. It is also used in teas, herbal baths and insect repellents!
Basil is an annual that’s easily grown from seed, either planted or allowed to self-sew.… Read the rest
Herbs are known as beneficial. Some are aromatic, while others are flavorful. A number are medicinal. Still others make nice groundcovers. And many herbs act as food and nectar sources for wildlife. Perhaps a less heralded benefit is attractive blooms.
While not all herbs produce flowers, most perform beautifully spring through fall. They mix well in perennial and annual beds, often providing color that bridges the seasons.… Read the rest
Ornamental grasses are friendly neighbors. They happily co-exist with other types of plants, but they particularly love to be grouped in close proximity to their own kind.
If you learn to design with plant “communities,” you will more effectively arrange gardens with an eye toward the role plants play in the larger landscape rather than solely for their individual qualities. This is especially true with ornamental grasses.… Read the rest
Gardeners are invited to enter the annual Hood County Fruit & Vegetable Show Monday afternoon in Annex I on West Pearl Street.
Vegetable categories include all of the summer garden delights – tomatoes, squash, beans, onions, etc.
Fruit includes apples, apricots, grapes, peaches, pears and plums.
Entries should be checked in from 2 to 3:30 Monday afternoon in Annex I, 1410 W.… Read the rest
The Lake Granbury Master Gardeners (LGMG) will host a program on bee keeping Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Annex I, 1410 W. Pearl St.
Lake Granbury Master Gardener LaVonda Becker will share her knowledge of honeybees, their habits and bee keeping equipment.
The program is a part of the 2013 LGMG Continuing Education Series. The fee for participating is $15.… Read the rest
Many plants fare well when planted in containers.
Some thrive for a short time while others happily sit in pots for years before sulking. The key to successful container gardening is proper plant selection, intelligent design and consistent maintenance.
Annual flowers are popular potted plants because they are long blooming. Perennials, herbs, grasses and small shrubs or trees also flourish in container gardens.… Read the rest
Area trees took quite a beating from hail and high winds as deadly tornadoes ripped across Texas May 15.
The clean-up process began almost immediately. Broken limbs were gathered, piled in heaps and left curbside. As unfortunate as it was to incur this damage – the far greater loss was lives. … Read the rest