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Alabama Smoketree: A Beautiful Addition to Your Yard or Garden

AUBURN, Ala. – One of Alabama’s treasures is the  Smoketree.  This tree is steadily gaining popularity and can be seen all across the state. “As a result of selective breeding, the Smoketree has become popular in many landscapes throughout the state,” said Eric Schavey, an Alabama Extension regional agent of home grounds, gardens and home pests. Common Names Also referred to as a ... Read More »

Buying and Planting Azaleas in Alabama

AUBURN, Ala. — In Alabama, azaleas and dogwoods are the stars of spring flowers. The two plants look good together, but it is the azalea that brings the most variety and color in its beautiful flowers. Azaleas may be the most popular flowering shrubs in Alabama, said Lucy Edwards, a regional home grounds, gardens and home pests agent. Buy Plants with ... Read More »

Attracting Butterflies to Your Yard

AUBURN, Ala. – Turning a landscape into a place that butterflies love to visit is easy to do. Planting a variety of colorful bushes and shrubs known to attract the beautiful-winged creatures will create a person’s own personal butterfly garden. Butterfly bush, or Budleia davidii, is a popular choice when trying to attract butterflies. “Butterfly bush can be planted statewide ... Read More »

Planting Impatiens

AUBURN, Alabama —Impatiens is one of the top bedding plants used by Alabama gardeners.They are great for filling shady parts of the yard with color. Good for Shady Spots Impatiens is a good selection for shady spots for a number of reasons. The plants thrive in both beds and containers. They come in many bloom colors and there are types ... Read More »

Give the Master Gardener Helpline a Ring

AUBURN, Alabama—Does your spring garden have you stumped? Is a question about mulch or daffodils setting you back? The Alabama Master Gardeners (MG) are standing by ready to answer questions on the Master Gardener Helpline. Call 1-877-ALA-GROW The toll-free helpline connects callers with a knowledgeable team of MG who can help answer questions. Armed with research and Alabama Cooperative Extension ... Read More »

Dogwoods Bloom, Signal Spring

AUBURN, Alabama— The dogwood tree’s pink and white blooms signal the arrival of spring in the South. Dogwoods trees are features in many Alabama landscapes and celebrated in festivals throughout the region. The white flowering dogwood (Cornus florida), plentiful across Alabama, is an ornamental deciduous tree native to the eastern half of the United States. 10 Things to Know about Dogwoods 1. ... Read More »

Raised bed gardening in the south

AUBURN, Alabama— Raised bed gardens are different from regular gardens. They are an activity for the entire family, and they are a great way to spend time outdoors. “Raised beds have taken gardening to a new level for many people,” said  Tim Crow, a home grounds regional Extension agent located in Cullman County. “It’s a chance to have success in the ... Read More »

Are Your Daffodils Blooming?

AUBURN, Alabama—Daffodils are one of the most popular spring flowers. Their beautiful colors are a sign that spring is on its way. Lucy Edwards, an Alabama Extension regional home grounds agent, said daffodils are usually carefree plants.   “In soils that are too moist, bulbs can rot leading to blooming failure. Daffodils need good drainage for flower production,” Edwards added. ... Read More »

Grow Your Own Salad

AUBURN, Alabama—Many homeowners grow their own foods at home. Some grow their own because they question what is in or on the products available at the grocery store or curb market. Others grow their own because they have the time and enjoy gardening. What can I grow? According to Bethany O’Rear, a regional Extension agent in Home Grounds, Gardens and ... Read More »

“Harvest for Health”—Healing Gardens for Cancer Survivors

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AUBURN, Ala.—Cancer recovery can feel like a long and lonely road. For the 14.5 million people living with and beyond cancer in the United States, daily struggles are a reality. Auburn University’s Department of Horticulture, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Home Grounds Team, Alabama Master Gardeners and the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Cancer Center have partnered together to ... Read More »