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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 »

Ground Covers: Beneficial To Landscapes

AUBURN, Ala. – Ground covers are beneficial and visually pleasing elements to any garden or landscape. They also assist in improving imperfections or filling empty space. There are many kinds of annuals or perennials used in landscapes. An Alabama Extension professional provides information on choosing and utilizing these plants. Ground Covers David Koon, an Alabama Extension regional agent of home grounds, gardens ... Read More »

Look Out for Poisonous Plants

AUBURN, Ala. – Spring and summer months are perfect for outdoor activities. When camping or hiking, it is important to know what plants to avoid. Some poisonous plants can cause harm to humans and animals. Animals and Humans React Differently Some plants cause reactions or death in humans, but do not have the same effect on animals. Some animals are deathly effected by some plants, ... 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 »

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 »

How to control and kill certain invasive plants

Auburn, Ala.—Kudzu and Japanese Honeysuckle are just a couple of the invasive vines you will find in the Southeast. Even though these plant species are from different families and are native to different regions of the world, they have two characteristics in common. Invasive plants are non-native to their region and are considered harmful to native plants. Whether it is ... Read More »

Daylilies: Easy to Grow and Maintain

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AUBURN, Alabama—If you are a beginner gardener, the first plant you might want to try is the daylily. They are perennial plants that easily adapt, grow vigorously and can even survive winters. Daylilies belong to the genus Hemerocallis and are not true lilies. This Greek word is made up of two parts: hemera meaning day and kallos meaning beauty. The ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Has New Gardening Tool

gardening iBook

AUBURN, Ala. – Warm weather lures gardeners and homeowners to garden centers and large home improvement retailers like moths to a flame. But adding new plants to the landscape without planning can cause problems. But the latest addition to Alabama Extension’s “Gardening in the South” iBook series can solve that problem for trees, shrubs and plants that are year-round elements in the ... Read More »

Growing perennial plants in Alabama

Auburn, Ala.—With spring quickly approaching, many are rushing to plant their gardens hoping to beautify their yard with flowers. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could plant a garden once and enjoy the flowers for years to come? Perennial plants might be the solution to your problem. There are three types of plants: annuals, biennials and perennials. Annuals and biennials have short life spans. ... Read More »

Succulents: The No Hassle Plants Anyone Can Grow

Succulent

Succulents are low-maintenance, beautiful plants that are growing in popularity. They are easy to take care of and come in many varieties, giving gardeners the opportunity to be creative when planting them. Lucy Edwards, a home grounds regional agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, described succulents as having an “eye-catching appeal.” She also said the plants are very easy to ... Read More »