Home and Garden

We hear about superstars every day on the television and in our magazines, but did you know that there are superstars in the garden too? Our wonderful Aggies have designated a group of plants that are just that — superstars. The term “Texas Superstar” is a registered trademark of Texas Agrilife Extension Service. You can check their Web site for even more details on the Superstars and hundreds of other plants that we can grow in Texas.

shadow

One of our most beautiful imports into the American plant world is the Princess Lily, which originated on the slopes of South America. They are found in Brazil and the Andes in Chile. The Princess Lilies are a series of plants belonging to the Alstroemeria family. We can consider these beauties hardy perennials. You can find them in pinks, rose, red and lavender shades.

shadow

Big, bright and beautiful verbena is a great easy-to-care-for addition to your yard or patio. It thrives in our heat. It is enamored with the sun. And its continual color will make your garden sparkle until autumn’s frosty weather.

shadow

In the quest to convert your yard from a water-hungry (albeit lovely) sprawl of green St. Augustine grass to one which is less demanding, you could consider growing edibles in a portion of that space. How about blackberries for a start? They are naturally occurring along fence lines along the walking path at the Chris Quinn Soccer Fields and in lots of rural fields around town. How delicious to pick and eat!

shadow

Not a glamorous subject, but one close to the hearts of any true gardener is fertilizer. When should we “feed the soil”? When should we give a boost to those struggling vegetables in the garden?

shadow

There are so many varieties of the poppy flower, and they are all gorgeous. This brightly flowering plant has huge blooms in red, pink, yellow, purple and shades in between. Most readily available in local nurseries seems to be the Oriental poppy and the California poppy.

shadow

Some of the most popular annual bedding plants used by gardeners are impatiens. They are ideal for growing where you want color in your yard but you have lots of shade. There are so many types and colors of traditional impatiens. The eye-catching variegated white blooming Painted Paradise White is just stunning, as are the double-bloomed varieties.

shadow

Put on your sunglasses, pack that checkbook, find a notepad and head on over to Tyrrell Park on Saturday, April 14, for a great day for gardeners. The fun starts at 8 a.m. and lasts until noon. The Thyme for Herbs Society is planning its popular event, Herb Fest, in conjunction with the Beaumont Botanical Gardens at Tyrrell Park. Admission to the Warren Loose Conservatory is also free during this time.

shadow

One of the most anticipated gardening events of the year is this weekend. Ann Bares, master gardener, and one of the event coordinators, says, “Get there early if there are unique plants you are looking for.”

shadow

If you have a tendency to forget to water and otherwise “abuse” your plants, succulents are for you. A succulent is a plant that retains water and has thick, fleshy water storage organs. Succulents store water in their leaves, their stems or their roots. You are probably familiar with cactus, aloe and agave. There are hundreds more lovely succulents available around town when you start to look. It is addictive.

shadow