Mulching Basics

This page discusses the importance of mulching, especially in our warmer Gulf Coast environments and provides a comparison chart of various materials used for mulching purposes. First, some basics. Why mulch?? 1. Water retention – mulching plants is an effective way to hold available moisture in the root zone which in turn helps in conserving

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Container Gardening

One of the trends in gardening and landscaping today is the increasing use of decorative containers. Any object that holds soil in which a plant can be grown is fair game. The benefits of container gardening is offset with challenges as well. This page discusses this aspect of outdoor ornamantal gardening. Benefits and Advangtages Disadvantages

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PLANTS FOR WILDLIFE

Nectar producing flowering plants – attracting all butterflies Abelia, Ageratum, Allysum, Aster, Asclepias (Butterfly Weed), Buddleia, Black-eyed Susan, Buckeye, Lobelia, Cuphea, Clover. Cosmos, Duranta, Frogfruit, Gallardia, Globe Amaranth, Honeysuckle, Lantana, Liatris, Eupetolium (Mist Flower), Morning Glory, Pentas, Phlox, Plumbago, Porterweed, Purple Coneflower, Rainlily, Shrimp Plant, Sunflower, Verbena, Salvia, Sweet Autumn Clematis, Turks Cap, Yellow Bells

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Plants and Trees to Avoid

We see many articles and resources about best and recommended plants to grow in our region, with emphasis on native and adaptive plants well suited to our climate and environment. However, there is a flip side to that coin – plants to avoid for various and very good reasons. First of all, we should avoid

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