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Sunflowers Provide Color to Landscapes

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Sunflowers are highly valued economically, but they seem to be overlooked when choosing plants for landscapes. Few plants can boast better color, yet they are not often seen in flowerbeds like many other plants. Sunflowers make excellent temporary hedges and screens and provide a showy backdrop for flowerbeds, while dwarf cultivars make excellent borders and color ... Read More »

Roses Come Back to Life in the Fall

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Fall is a good season in Alabama for rose plant growth and flowering. It is an excellent time to rejuvenate roses for a beautiful show of color before they rest for the winter. With adequate watering, some fertilization and clean up, gardeners will enjoy many weeks of colorful blooms in the fall. Pruning Roses To rejuvenate ... Read More »

Ornamental Grasses Can Add Beauty to Your Landscape

AUBURN, Ala. – If you are planning landscape renovation, consider adding ornamental grasses. The term ornamental grasses is used to describe all grasslike plants including sedges, reeds, rushes and many others. All of the varieties and species have become popular in recent years. “Ornamental grasses are highly resistant to problems caused by diseases and insects and require little to no pruning,” ... Read More »

Dwarf Shrubs in Landscapes

AUBURN, Ala. – Developing a functional and beautiful landscape can be difficult. When deciding how to build your landscape, there are two factors that come into play: space and expense. Mike McQueen, an Alabama Extension regional agent of home grounds, garden and home pest, said that when choosing plants for a space, remember that the plant should have a purpose for being in ... Read More »

Common Digging Pests In Yards

AUBURN, Ala. – Homeowners often find evidence of animals digging in their yards. Squirrels, chipmunks, armadillos and moles are often the culprits. An Extension specialist offers tips on controlling these animals from destroying yards. Identifying Pests Dr. Jim Armstrong, an Alabama Extension wildlife specialist, said the first rule of protecting a yard is identifying the animal. “Once you know which animal is causing ... Read More »

Freezing Vegetables Provide Fresh Garden Taste Year Round

AUBURN, Ala. – One of the best things about summer is eating fresh vegetables. However, summer is not the only time people can enjoy fresh vegetables. You can have fresh vegetables year round by simply freezing them. Janice Hall, an Alabama Extension regional agent in food safety and quality, said freezing vegetables is easy, “When properly selected, prepared and stored, ... Read More »

Controlling Blossom-End Rot in Tomatoes

AUBURN, Ala. – Tomato plants are some of the most popular things grown in gardens. There are many varieties on the market and each one offers something different. One problem that tomato growers face is blossom-end rot (BER). An Extension professional discusses the causes of BER and some control methods. Chris Becker, an Alabama Extension coordinator in Limestone County, said ... Read More »

Sweet and Hot Peppers Popular in Home Gardens

AUBURN, Ala. – There are more than 20 species of peppers in the world and hundreds of varieties. North American growers, however, are most familiar with two kinds – sweet and hot. Sweet and Hot Pepper Varieties Sweet pepper varieties include bell pepper, paprika, pimento, banana and cherry pepper. Their name is a misnomer because not all sweet peppers are ... Read More »

Beneficial Insects In Gardens

AUBURN, Ala. – Most people’s first reaction when they see an insect on their flowers or vegetables is to find a way to get rid of it. Sometimes this is the right thought process, but other times that insect could actually be helping the plant. There are several beneficial insects that help fight against harmful insects and provide other benefits. ... Read More »

Growing Angel’s Trumpet

AUBURN, Ala. – Named for its physical characteristics, Angel’s Trumpet is an attractive and easy to grow flowering plant. Angel’s Trumpet, scientifically known as Brugmansia, is a genus of seven different species of flowering plants in the Solanaceae family. Other members of the Solanaceae family include tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and tobacco. People commonly mistake them with the closely related genus, Datura, Brugmansia Brugmansia ... Read More »