Bald Cypress

With winter coming sooner than we want, our trees are starting to go into their dormant state. One tree that tends to confuse people with the manner in which it goes dormant is Bald Cypress. Bald Cypress, Taxodium distichum, is a deciduous conifer that has needles that look like most other conifer trees, but looses... Continue Reading →

Chinkapin Oak

The summer months are great, but they can be hot. Being outdoors in the summer months is preferred, but when it gets too hot, it can be difficult to sit outside. Shade trees can really relieve the heat of outdoors. Temperatures underneath the shade of trees can be 10-15 degrees cooler or more, according to... Continue Reading →

Annuals for Shade

A couple of months ago, I wrote about annuals for color. That article focused on annuals for color in full-sun locations, however there are a lot of great choices for shady locations of your landscape as well or if you live in an apartment with only shade on your balcony or have a patio or... Continue Reading →

Asparagus

Spring has officially begun. That doesn’t mean we should get overly excited and go clean up our beds just yet, this winter has been long and cold so don’t get too ready for spring. However, Asparagus will soon be emerging from past years plantings and new plantings can soon be started. Planting Asparagus is a... Continue Reading →

Annuals for Color

Late in the winter, spring is the only thing on the minds of gardeners. One of my favorite activities in the spring is heading out to the garden center and choosing all the fun flowers to plant. I like perennial plants because I can plant them one time and they will continue to come back... Continue Reading →

Hoya

In the wintertime, people tend to get the winter blues. As a horticulturist, I get the winter blues because I cannot go outside and garden or go to my backyard to get a tomato while I’m cooking supper. One way we can reduce our gloominess due to lack of gardening would be to have houseplants.... Continue Reading →

Poinsettias

A common host gift we take to Holiday parties are Poinsettias. If you receive one for Christmas this year, do you know how to care for it? Poinsettias are a staple for the Christmas season, but they don’t have to be a short-lived gift that is thrown away at the beginning of the year. Poinsettias... Continue Reading →

Evergreens for Christmas Trees

The holiday season is upon us. It is at this time of the year that we begin to decorate our homes for the holidays. One of my favorite holiday decorations is the Christmas Tree. This plant of the month article will not focus on one specific plant, but the many different types of trees that... Continue Reading →

Staghorn Sumac

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. The weather gets more enjoyable with many fun outdoor activities. Also, the trees and shrubs all around us become so colorful. A great plant that grows wild all along roadsides and fields would be Sumac. Staghorn sumac, Rhus typhina, is a large shrub or small... Continue Reading →

Switchgrass

September is an enjoyable month as fall begins. Fall is a great season for the weather and also for our plant life. Plants turn their wonderful fall color and become very pleasing to the eye. I especially love the interest ornamental grasses provide during fall and throughout the winter months. A great ornamental grass is... Continue Reading →

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