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Why crape myrtles aren’t flowering well
crape myrte flowers

(Distributed 07/25/14) HAMMOND, La. What’s the most popular summer-blooming tree in Louisiana? Crape myrtles. Pretty easy question. Louisianians plant many crape myrtles in their landscapes every year. The lovely, long-lasting blooms make them attractive.

Landscape irrigation is important in summer
lawn irrigation

(Distributed 07/18/14) HAMMOND, La. – July is Smart Irrigation Month across the country. It’s a program of the Irrigation Association to inform industry professionals and homeowners about proper irrigation in the landscape.

There’s still time to plant lantanas
Butter Cream lantana

(Distributed 07/11/14) HAMMOND, La. – Lantanas continue to be one of the most popular herbaceous perennials for Louisiana landscapes. Many varieties – some old and some new – offer a multitude of growth forms and flower colors.

Take a look at these crape myrtles
Yuma crape myrtle

(Distributed 07/03/14) HAMMOND, La. – More varieties and sizes of crape myrtles are available than many people realize. You can choose from well over 100 varieties with more being added each year. Unfortunately, due to demand, only about 10-15 varieties are readily available at garden centers around Louisiana.

It’s hummingbird time in the landscape
(Distributed 06/27/14) HAMMOND, La. –Many people think attracting hummingbirds is as easy as hanging a feeder. But that is not always successful because many hummingbirds are not accustomed to using feeders. It can be frustrating to put out a feeder and never see a hummingbird.
Perennial salvias provide color now through fall
Amistad salvia
(Distributed 06/20/14) HAMMOND, La. – Looking for low-maintenance perennials for a practically nonstop flower show from summer through fall? If you are, consider the many species and varieties of perennial salvia.
Angelonias are tough summertime plants
Serena angelonia
(Distributed 06/13/14) HAMMOND, La. – Gardeners have long desired flowers that are low-maintenance in their landscape. But they also want these flowers to last spring through fall.
New AgCenter studies focus on crape myrtles
delta breeze crape myrtle
(Distributed 06/06/14) HAMMOND, La. – New varieties of crape myrtles are currently available in abundance. Developers have introduced new varieties over the past few years with an emphasis on smaller growth habits, dark foliage colors, earlier bloom and more.
Pentas provide landscape color now through fall
Starcluster pentas
(Distributed 05/30/14) HAMMOND, La. – Looking for some great summer color for your landscape beds from now through the first killing frost this fall? Of course! Who isn’t? Butterfly series pentas will give you that – and maybe even more.
New roses need less care
raspberry vigarosa
(Distributed 05/23/14) HAMMOND, La. – Although roses continue to be one of the leading ornamental plants for commercial and residential landscapes, many home gardeners still have the perception that roses are high-maintenance and disease-susceptible. If they select the correct varieties, however, roses can be great garden performers with minimum care.
Luna hibiscus named Louisiana Super Plant
luna hibiscus
(Distributed 05/09/14) HAMMOND, La. – Hibiscus is a large family of plants. It includes okra, cotton, tropical hibiscus, althea (rose of Sharon), rose mallow and many more. Among this large group, several have ornamental potential in the landscape.
Early summer brings landscape chores
(Distributed 05/02/14) HAMMOND, La. – May is here, and summer vacations and the end of the school year are approaching. But there is still much that can be done to improve your landscape plantings for summer.
Vitex offers summer color in a small-growing tree
Shoal Creek vitex
(Distributed 04/25/14) HAMMOND, La. – We all crave color in our landscapes. Beds full of annual and perennial flowering plants are often the primary source of landscape color, but they require a lot of work to keep them looking nice.
Tutti Fruitti buddleia named Louisiana Super Plant
Flutterby petite tutti fruiti buddleia
(Distributed 04/17/14) HAMMOND, La. – Buddleia, known by most home gardeners as butterfly bush, is becoming an increasingly popular plant in the home landscape. Mostly because this perennial is highly favored by butterflies as a nectar plant.
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