For the love of fall gardening

For the love of fall gardening

By Carrie Dunlea Tending to backyard vegetable gardens can fill many hours of enjoyable downtime in the great outdoors. What’s more, the bounty produced by such gardens provides healthy, fresh foods to gardeners and their loved ones. Although spring and summer are widely seen as…

Attracting pollinators to your garden

Attracting pollinators to your garden

By Carrie Dunlea  A thriving backyard garden requires homeowners to take steps to ensure the garden has the best environment in which to grow and thrive. The right tools and components, including trowels, rakes, soil, amendments, and fertilizer, can help gardeners create beautiful spaces. It’s…

Lush Peonies add Beauty  & Fragrance to  Early Summer Gardens 

Lush Peonies add Beauty & Fragrance to Early Summer Gardens 

By Melinda Myers Set aside a sunny spot in your garden or landscape for a few easy-care, herbaceous peonies. These traditional favorites are treasured for their bountiful early summer flowers, vigorous, shrub-like habit and amazing longevity. Peonies blend nicely with other perennials and are a…

Bring in the Birds

Bring in the Birds

by Melinda Myers Fill your gardens with beautiful plants that produce an abundance of seeds the birds will love. You’ll enjoy the flowers as well as the birds that visit to dine on the seeds. Best of all, there is no feeder to refill or…

Take the hassle out of watering container gardens

Take the hassle out of watering container gardens

By Melinda Myers Growing flowers and vegetables in containers will allow you to expand planting space, grow plants right outside your door and elevate them for easier access and maintenance.  Unlike growing in the ground, the smaller volume of soil in containers is exposed to…

Keep houseplants healthy  & pets safe

Keep houseplants healthy & pets safe

By Melinda Myers You love them both – your pets and houseplants – but it can be challenging to safely raise them together in the same house.  Reduce the risk by selecting pet-safe plants and safely managing houseplant pest problems. Avoid problems by selecting plants…

Add color to your winter garden

Add color to your winter garden

If you think winter means the end of beautiful garden colors, think again. There are plenty of cool-season flowers and other plants that can add a pop of color to brighten your day and perk up the drab Texas landscape. These flowers provide color right…

Landscape structures provide function & beauty 

Landscape structures provide function & beauty 

By Melinda Myers Incorporate arbors, trellises and other structures into your designs when planning new or updating existing gardens and landscapes. These structures help form the framework of any garden, add year-round interest and provide years of beauty and function. Utilize arbors to define and…

Discover the Beauty of Double Tulips

Discover the Beauty of Double Tulips

By Melinda Myers Celebrate the National Garden Bureau’s Year of the Tulip in a big way by planting double flowered tulip varieties this fall for a showy display next spring. Flower arrangers love the big bold blossoms that resemble peonies and you’ll love their impressive…

Manage Water Where It Falls for a Healthier Landscape & Environment


Manage Water Where It Falls for a Healthier Landscape & Environment


By Melinda Myers Too much, not enough, and never when you need it. This is a common complaint of gardeners. Keeping and using water where it falls is the first step in managing this precious resource. Planting and maintaining a healthy landscape is a good…