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Lantana: Hard Working Shrub for Home Landscapes

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AUBURN, Ala.—If you’re looking for a blooming powerhouse, lantana is your answer. This perennial flowering woody deciduous plant, not only thrives with little moisture, but it does so with low effort. As summer settles in full force, lantana brightens yards and landscapes across the Southeast.  Neal Hargle,  an Alabama Extension home grounds says most people find it easy to grow lantana. Easy ... Read More »

Tea Olives: A Staple for Southern Gardens

If you’re looking to add shrubs to your garden this fall, then it might be time to add tea olives to the mix. An Alabama Extension horticulture professional called tea olive shrubs (genus Osmanthus)  a classic staple of southern gardens. “Tea olives bring color and a sweet fragrance with its delicate blossoms,” said Mike McQueen, Alabama Extension Regional Horticulture Agent. ... Read More »

Lichens: A Sign of Poor Tree Health

Lichens often take the brunt of angry homeowners wondering what causes frilly blue-green growths on a tree trunk. These growths do not cause harm to trees, but are a sign of poor tree health. Regional Extension Agent Beau Brodbeck said blaming lichens for hurting trees is nothing new. “Most people blame the frilly blue-green growths on a tree trunk for ... Read More »

Be a Proactive Planter: Fall is the Best Time to Plant Trees and Shrubs

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Halloween, Thanksgiving and holiday commercials are around the corner. You should be more concerned about finding a Christmas tree than planting a tree in your yard, right? Wrong! Fall is actually the best time to plant trees and shrubs. Although most people wait to plant until spring, fall is the optimum time to plant trees, shrubs and perennials that will ... Read More »