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Easy-care bush clover has nice fall flowers
Bush Clover

(Video 10/31/11) The relatively unknown bush clover is a drought-tolerant bush that blooms vibrant purple flowers throughout the fall. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains that these low-maintenance plants are a great addition to any landscape. (Runtime: 1:39)

Try growing edible flowers
(For Release On Or After 11/18/11) Flowers are the delight of gardeners. Their beautiful colors, shapes and fragrances are the inspiration for gardening efforts by countless hobby horticulturists. There is more to flowers, however, than meets the eye – or the nose. Your taste buds can also appreciate the many edible flowers that we can grow.

Harvest winter vegetables at the proper time
(For Release On Or After 11/11 /11) The vegetables we grow in Louisiana during the cool season are some of the most delicious and nutritious that our home gardens can produce. Many of the vegetables we planted in late summer and early fall are ready to harvest – or will be soon. It is important to harvest vegetables at the proper stage for best results.

Swan columbine named Louisiana Super Plant selection for fall 2011
(For Release On Or After 11/04/11) Louisiana gardeners seldom grow columbines (Aquilegia species and hybrids) in their flower gardens. This is likely due to unfamiliarity with columbines – there is no tradition of using columbines here in the Deep South – and lack of availability in local nurseries.

Dianthus, foxgloves are outstanding plants for fall
(Audio 10/31/11) Gardeners looking for fall bedding plants should consider two Louisiana Super Plants. The Amazon dianthus and Camelot foxglove were fall 2010 super plants, but they should be readily available at nurseries and garden centers again this year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Falling leaves can be used as mulch
(Audio 10/31/11) Many deciduous trees will start to drop leaves in November. Those leaves are valuable to gardeners. Consider raking them up and using them as mulch, and remember if you let them stay on the lawn, they can damage the grass. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Even evergreen leaves can change colors
(Audio 10/31/11) Leaves on evergreens can change colors and drop. Gardeners who notice yellowing leaves on their evergreens should not be concerned if the plant appears otherwise healthy. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Try Super Plants in fall garden
(Audio 10/31/11) Louisiana Super Plants program promotes outstanding plants for Louisiana landscapes. Selections for this year include Belinda's Dream rose, Redbor kale and Swan columbine. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Keep vegetable garden productive during winter
(Audio 10/31/11) Gardeners can plant a number of cool-season vegetables into their vegetable gardens in November. Many popular vegetables such as leafy vegetables, root crops and cole crops can tolerate cold weather. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Tough nandina makes great fall shrub
Nandina
(Video 10/24/11) The plant nandina is also called heavenly bamboo. It’s a tough, versatile shrub that can provide nice fall color. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains important differences among a number of nandina varieties. (Runtime: 1:41)
Sedums are diverse, fall-blooming perennials
Sedum
(Video 10/17/11) If you’re looking for a plant that blooms during the fall every year, then sedums would be a dependable choice. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how these tough plants come in different sizes and shapes. (Runtime: 1:38)
Wildflowers bloom in fall
(Audio 10/24/11) Louisiana wildflowers put on an outstanding display in the fall. Look around and notice what's out there - wonderful plants like the narrow-leaf sunflower and asters. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Winterizing lawn is optional
(Audio 10/24/11) In fall, you may hear about winterizing your lawn. This means applying the mineral nutrient potassium to the lawn. All plants need potassium, but winterizing the lawn is optional. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prepare beds before buying cool-season plants
(Audio 10/24/11) Before you go to the nursery to purchase cool-season bedding plants, consider preparing your beds first. This way you'll only buy the plants needed to fill those beds. Think about a color scheme and how much mulch you will need to cover the beds. (Runtime: 60 seconds)