Gardening in the South – Extension Daily

Lantana: Hard Working Shrub for Home Landscapes (Thu, 15 Jun 2017)
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 ... The post Lantana: Hard Working Shrub for Home Landscapes appeared first on Extension Daily.
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Crapemyrtles–A Southern Favorite (Fri, 09 Jun 2017)
AUBURN, Alabama — Crapemyrtles are among the South’s favorite trees. With vivid blooms of pink, red, purple and white, and a unique bark, these plants are ideal to include in your landscape. Although they are not native to the South, crapemyrtles flourish in warmer regions such as the South, Southwest and the West Coast. Crapemyrtles ... The post Crapemyrtles–A Southern Favorite appeared first on Extension Daily.
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Adding Houseplants to Your Spaces Successfully (Mon, 05 Jun 2017)
AUBURN, Alabama — Made popular in the 19th century, houseplants come in many shapes and sizes and usually do not take up too much space in your home.  Most people use them  to lighten up a space or give a cozy appearance to a room. What are houseplants? First, let’s distinguish between houseplants and outdoor plants. Rhonda Britton, ... The post Adding Houseplants to Your Spaces Successfully appeared first on Extension Daily.
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Slime Molds, Nostoc Appear in Yards after Heavy Rains (Wed, 31 May 2017)
 AUBURN, Ala.—Many Alabama homeowners felt the effects of torrential downpours in the garden and in their yards. Dr. Dave Han, an Alabama Extension turfgrass management specialist, said homeowners may see a plethora of strange-looking organisms popping up in the yard. “Besides the usual mushrooms, moss and algae, two strange-looking things are popping up: slime molds ... The post Slime Molds, Nostoc Appear in Yards after Heavy Rains appeared first on Extension Daily.
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Ready, Set, Grow: Heirloom Tomatoes (Tue, 30 May 2017)
AUBURN, Ala.— Whether consumers choose to purchase their food or grow it themselves, many are interested in moving away from mass-produced items—including commercial tomato varieties. Alabama Extension Regional Agent, Hunter McBrayer said the trend brings consumers looking for more natural and sustainable foods. “Many believe heirloom tomatoes are more ‘natural’ and sustainable,” McBrayer said. “While ... The post Ready, Set, Grow: Heirloom Tomatoes appeared first on Extension Daily.
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How to Grow and Maintain Elephant Ears (Tue, 23 May 2017)
AUBURN, Alabama—Elephant ears are indigenous to Southeast Asia and feature large, thick leaves reminiscent of their namesake. The plant is used in many home gardens as an eye-catching focal point or in contrast to smaller plants. Although elephant ears are typically green, there are varieties created by breeders that add pinks, blues, yellows and black ... The post How to Grow and Maintain Elephant Ears appeared first on Extension Daily.
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Fruits for the Home Garden (Fri, 19 May 2017)
AUBURN, Alabama— With summer on the way, fruits are a perfect snack. Growing your own fruits at home can be a way to make them more easily available and less costly. Blueberries Blueberries are easy to grow at home because they are very low maintenance. There are many different types of blueberries that include: Northern highbush, ... The post Fruits for the Home Garden appeared first on Extension Daily.
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Planting Indian Hawthorn (Wed, 17 May 2017)
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 ... The post Planting Indian Hawthorn appeared first on Extension Daily.
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How to Make Your Lawn the Envy of the Neighborhood (Tue, 16 May 2017)
Auburn, Alabama – With temperatures continuing to rise and summer only a few weeks away, people are beginning to break out the work gloves to start the process of lawn management. As nice as it is to have a lawn with beautiful green grass, the job of maintaining such a landscape can be difficult and ... The post How to Make Your Lawn the Envy of the Neighborhood appeared first on Extension Daily.
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Backyard Bird Sanctuary (Thu, 11 May 2017)
Auburn, Alabama — Turning a backyard into a bird sanctuary can be accomplished with a few simple additions. Homeowners often enjoy the sounds of songbirds in the spring and hummingbirds create flits of color as they feed on bright flowers. FOOD SOURCES According to Alabama Extension Specialist Nancy Loewenstein, consistent food sources are an important element ... The post Backyard Bird Sanctuary appeared first on Extension Daily.
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