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Planting Indian Hawthorn

indian hawthorn

AUBURN, Alabama — Spring is here and many people across the state are working in their gardens and yards. One plant that seems to be particularly popular this time of year is Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis species). Indian hawthorn is a small  shrub or ground cover native to southern China and Japan and cultivated across U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones ... Read More »

Attracting songbirds and wildbirds to your feeders

AUBURN, Ala.– Spring has officially begun and the world around us has brightened up and come to life. If you are looking to liven up your yard, it is easy to attract songbirds and wild birds. Building a landscape with a variety of plants will provide food and shelter will attract birds to your feeders. Shelter is used as an ... 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 »

Tomatoes: Disease and Drought

Tomato plants are susceptible to foliar diseases and sensitive to drought.  To avoid those problems, gardeners need to use extra care in the garden. Selecting a disease resistant tomato variety is one of the first steps toward growing healthy tomato plants. There are plenty of good tomato varieties, but it’s best to pick a variety recommended for your region. To be ... Read More »

Gardeners Have New Tool for Spring Gardening

Auburn, AL – With warm weather finally here to stay in the Southeast, gardeners like Carol Dent are stocking up on plants, seeds and tools for the 2015 gardening season. Dent who lives in central Alabama has added something new to her gardening toolbox. What makes Dent’s new tools special is that they are iBooks. Dent recently downloaded all of Alabama ... Read More »

Boxwood Blight Detected in Additional Alabama Landscapes

Boxwood Blight

AUBURN, Ala.– Boxwood blight has been detected in recently installed landscape plants across Alabama. A plant pathologist with Alabama Extension says when infected boxwoods are planted in a landscape, the pathogen can easily spread to established boxwoods. “The fungus that causes boxwood blight is easily spread by splashing water whether that be irrigation water or rain,” said Dr. Kassie Conner. ... Read More »

Daffodils Didn’t Bloom This Year?

Gardeners across the country love daffodils.  The beautiful white and yellow blooms brighten up the dreary winter weather, ushering in the spring. But sometimes these seemingly bullet-proof plants don’t bloom. Sallie Lee, an Alabama Extension urban regional agent,  has some ideas on why daffodils fail to bloom as well as tips for season’s end bulb care and ways to help ... Read More »

Spruce Up Gardens with Annual Color

The onset of spring weather has homeowners excited to get into the yard and garden, anxious to push away the drab colors of winter. Before rushing to the store or digging in, there are several important things to consider. Seeds vs. Transplants Regional Extension Agent Bethany O’Rear said the first decision to make when preparing to plant is whether to ... Read More »

Spring Bursting with Color

It’s spring! And in Alabama that means colorful flowers and lots of them.  Azaleas and dogwoods are just a few of the plants that have spring bursting with color.  Alabama Extension’s publication on azaleas has great ideas on how to add a Masters and Augusta National sparkle to your landscape. To learn more about how to enhance your garden and landscape, check ... Read More »