Garden

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 […]

Unique Edibles to Wow Your Guests


Unique Edibles to Wow Your Guests


By Melinda Myers Make your next gathering one to remember by including a few unique vegetables on the relish tray, as a side dish or for dessert. Your guests will be “wowed” not only because you grew your own ingredients, but because of the unique […]

Add gardening space with elevated gardens


Add gardening space with elevated gardens


By Melinda Myers Elevate your gardens to waist high level for convenience and easy access. Elevated gardens are easy on your back and knees and are perfect for the patio, balcony, deck or any area where a bit of planting space is desired. Place them near […]

Shade gardening beyond Hostas

Shade gardening beyond Hostas

By Melinda Myers A shady spot provides welcome relief from the summer heat; but it can make growing a beautiful garden a bit more challenging. Take heart, your landscape may receive more sunlight than you suspect and if not, there are quite a few shade-tolerant […]

Plant Easy Care Daffodils Now  for Added Spring Beauty


Plant Easy Care Daffodils Now for Added Spring Beauty


By Melinda Myers Daffodils have a cheery presence in the spring garden and are a surefire way to chase away the winter blues. These fall-planted bulbs are also reliable perennials that require no maintenance and are not bothered by deer or other pests. The National […]