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LSU AgCenter Communications produces news releases for print, radio and television media and produces a special gardening service called Get It Growing, which also includes news releases for print, radio and television. All of the press releases are archived together by year, month and then by Headline News, Radio, TV and Get It Growing.

For more information on our news services, please contact  Linda Benedict, associate director of Communications, at (225) 578-2263 or 2937 or via e-mail.

Put Fireworks in your landscape
Fireworks fountain grass

(For Release On Or After 04/24/15) An ornamental grass called Fireworks purple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum Fireworks) has been selected by the LSU AgCenter as a Louisiana Super Plant for spring 2015. And, wow, are you going to be impressed by the colorful foliage of this grass.

Henna coleus named Super Plant
Henna coleus plants

(For Release On Or After 04/17/15) Coleuses were among the first plants I became familiar with when I started learning about plants as a teenager. I found the incredible variation of colors and patterns in the leaves fascinating. This spring, the LSU AgCenter has named Henna coleus a Louisiana Super Plants selection.

Train vines to improve appearance

(For Release On Or After 04/10/15) Vines are an amazing group of plants with enough diversity to boggle the mind of any gardener. What binds these wonderful plants together is their universal lack of strong stems. That’s right; vines are lazy plants that rely on some other plant or structure to allow them to grow upwards, or they simply run on the ground.

Avoid cool-season bedding plants in spring
(Audio 03/30/15) Late spring is when cool-season bedding plants start to fade. Right now, nurseries may still have cool-season bedding plants for sale. However, make sure you're buying plants that will bloom through summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Make gardening easier with mulches
mulched plant
(For Release On Or After 04/03/15) Mulching is an easy-to-do labor-saving gardening technique that all gardeners should take advantage of. A mulch is a material, usually organic but sometimes inorganic, we use to cover the soil surface around plants. Mulching beds is an important part of sustainable landscaping.
Start buying warm-season bedding plants
(Audio 03/30/25) It's time to head to your local nursery and buy some warm-season bedding plants. These plants can withstand the harsh summer heat. Plant them in your flower bed to provide color all through the long, hot summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Add vegetables to your garden in late spring
(Audio 03/30/15) Late spring is a great time to plant a wide variety of vegetables in your home garden. Plant these vegetables into sunny, well-prepared beds. Consider adding vegetables such as collards, corn, Swiss chard and peppers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Sapsuckers can damage trees and shrubs
(Audio 03/30/15) Sapsuckers are one of the few birds that cause damage to woody plants such as trees and shrubs. These birds peck holes in the bark in order to get sap and insects out of the plants. Thankfully, however, the damage caused by these birds is usually relatively harmless. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Flutterby Petite Tutti Fruitti Pink Butterfly Bush – Ornamental Plant of the Week for March 30, 2015
Flutterby  Petite Tutti Fruitti Pink
(Distributed 03/27/15) One great buddleia (butterfly bush) for Louisiana is better than most on the market. It’s Fluttterby Petite Tutti Fruitti Pink, which was selected as a Louisiana Super Plant in 2014.
Open house at LaHouse set for April 18
(Distributed 03/27/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center will host its seasonal Saturday open house on April 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Start caring for crape myrtles now
crape myrtle improper pruning
(Distributed 03/27/15) HAMMOND, La. – Our spring- and summer-flowering trees and shrubs are growing and preparing for another great bloom season. One of favorite landscape plants for late spring and summer is the popular and loved crape myrtle.
AgMagic set for April 20-26 in Baton Rouge, May 13-16 in New Orleans
(Distributed 03/27/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – AgMagic, an interactive event that teaches children about agriculture, will be held April 20 to 26 at the Parker Coliseum on LSU’s Baton Rouge campus.
Prune your spring-flowering shrubs and vines
(Audio 03/30/15) Now is a good time to prune your spring-flowering shrubs and vines. Make sure you are pruning with a specific purpose in mind like controlling the size. Listen for advice on pruning your spring shrubs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Give your garden a tropical look by planting aucuba
(Video 03/30/15) Aucuba is an excellent plant that will thrive in the shade. It is a wonderful choice if you are attempting to add a tropical look to your garden. Add these evergreen shrubs to the shady areas in your landscape. (Runtime: 01:46)