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Wildflower Meadows: How to Grow One in Your Backyard

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Auburn, Alabama— Wildflower meadows are a rich and colorful habitat full of beautiful flowers and various grasses. They also create a home for biodiversity. “Large or small, the benefits of a wildflower ‘patch’ are numerous. Environmentally, the pollinators will love you. Honey bees and native bees, along with butterflies, and other pollinators will enjoy the continuous food source- nectar,” said Dani ... Read More »

Master Gardener Helpline Open for Business

Auburn, Alabama — The Alabama Master Gardener Program is an instructional program. It is designed to train volunteers in the subjects of horticulture, entomology, plant pathology and soils. The Master Gardener program was created to increase the availability of home horticultural information through qualified volunteers, and to improve community life with community projects. To understand the depth of the program, ... Read More »

Horticulture Gifts for Christmas

Auburn, Alabama — With Christmas around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about gifts. Whether it’s for a gardener, from the garden or for the garden, there are many suitable horticulture gifts for Christmas. Horticulture Gifts for Gardeners Gloves A great gift to give a gardener is a good pair of gardening gloves. Gloves not only protect hands from ... Read More »

Mums: The Flowers of Fall

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AUBURN, Ala.- People love to decorate their front porches during fall with pumpkins, gourds, natural foliage and Chrysanthemums, better known as mums. These flowers range in vibrant hues of golden yellow, burnt orange, deep purple, bold crimson or snowy white. But many people complain that their mums will not last and die too soon. To maximize the most of mums, Sallie Lee, an urban regional agent ... Read More »

Water Gardens Bring Interest to a Yard

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AUBURN, Ala.- So you have a space in your backyard that you don’t know what to do with? Why not consider a water garden, they are relaxing, add color and character to an otherwise empty space. From fountains to small ponds, waterfalls and streams, there are many different options to fit your space. In an article by Alabama Extension horticulturist, ... Read More »

Knock Out Roses: The Undisputed Champs of Ornamental Plants

Bred in 1999 and introduced in 2000, the Knock Out Rose has seen a rise to stardom in landscapes from the start. Today it is the most sold breed of rose in North America. Read More »

Impatiens: One of Top Bedding Plants in Alabama

Auburn, Alabama—Impatiens are beautiful and are one of the top bedding plants in Alabama. Impatiens flowers are very bright and can light up any room. Growing impatiens are quite easy also. The key to success is keeping them watered until they get into the ground once you bring them home, “The plant is mainly used as bedding plants and house plants. ... Read More »

Wisteria: Making the best of wild vines

Auburn, Alabama—Spring flowers, weeds, and vines will be popping up left and right now that spring is officially here. Some are wanted while others are not. One perennial vine known as wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) that will begin to appear on the canopy of trees, trellises or pergolas in the south displays fragrant clusters of lavender, purple or white flowers. Wisteria ... Read More »

Grow Flowers in the Fall No Matter Where You Live

As summer comes to an end and the weather grows chilly, it is sad to see gardens lose their color as the flowers disappear. This year, that doesn’t have to happen! Whether you live in a house with a sprawling garden or in an apartment with limited pot space, you can add color outside that will flourish throughout the fall. Read More »

Attracting Garden Pollinators

Pollination is one of the most common concerns when planting late spring and early summer gardens. How do gardeners know if the cucumbers and squash are really getting pollinated? Alabama Extension Horticulturist, Dani Carroll, said there are several ways to ensure pollinators are active in a growing space. By simply observing a garden or flowerbed for a short period of time, one ... Read More »