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England Goes to Texas - February 27th, 2014

Even if your garden isn’t Downton Abbey, most likely it has roots in English garden design. Find out why with insight from Texas A&M University’s Dr. William C. Welch. On tour, Jennifer and David Stocker built on childhood memories from across the pond when they designed their drought-tough garden on limestone. Daphne Richards explains why favorite northern plants, like peonies, can’t make the move to the Southwest. Her Plant of the Week is…

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Grow What You Eat - January 11th, 2014

Make this a fruitful New Year with Larry Womack’s tips for growing fruit from Womack Nursery. On tour, Paige Hill, founder of the Urban Patchwork Neighborhood Farms, brings neighbors together to grow food and friendships. Daphne answers: when we prune trees, do we need to paint the cuts?  Her plant of the week is winter-blooming edible calendula. Merrideth Jiles shows how to style up the house with tillandsias, the easiest indoor plant ever….

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Groundcovers for Dry Shade - November 17th, 2012

Meet some durable groundcovers for shade and sun with Michelle Pfluger from Green ‘n Growing. On tour, visit Elayne Lansford’s Bottle World, her tribute to triumph over life-threatening illness and the power of healing through gardening. Daphne Richards explains why to firm the soil around new plants. Her pick of the week is native shrub agarita. Merrideth Jiles from The Great Outdoors shows off a few plants that stand up to drought and hard fre…

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Roses with Personality - February 9th, 2013

From romantic to vivacious, match a drought-tough rose to your garden’s personality with Michael Shoup of the Antique Rose Emporium. On tour, visit a healing Tranquility Garden that brings another dimension to a hospital’s healing mission. Daphne explains when to prune roses and how to do it. Merrideth Jiles shows how to improve drainage….

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Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens - April 14th, 2012

Sign on to water wise plants for sustainable gardens with horticulturists and authors, Lauren Springer Ogden and Scott Ogden. On tour, see how Anne Bellomy dumped lawn in favor of wildlife plants. Daphne Richards answers: “Can I put soil or compost over exposed oak tree roots to plant groundcovers?” Her pick of the week: drought-tough native Mountain Laurel. Merrideth Jiles from The Great Outdoors shows off his home garden survivors that ma…


Bamboo List

Alphonse Karr (Bambusa multiplex ‘Alphonse Karr’) Golden bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea) Giant timber bamboo (Bambusa oldhamii) Golden Goddess (Bambusa multiplex ‘Golden Goddess’) Silverstripe (Bambusa multiplex ‘Silverstripe’) Buddha’s belly (Bambusa tuldoides ‘Ventricosa’) Mexican weeping bamboo (Otatea acuminata subsp. aztecorum) Tiny fern (Bambusa multiplex Tiny Fern’)…

Drought and Freeze Plants

Huisache Olive tree Arizona Cypress Texas Smoke Tree Mexican Buckeye Texas Sage (Leucophylum frutescens) Compact Strawberry Tree (Arbutus Unedo ‘Compacta’) Chaparral Sage (Salvia Clevelandii) Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis Fruticosa) Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea Ambigua) Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium Leucanthum) Four-Nerve Daisy (Tetraneuris Scaposa) Texas Sedge (Carex Texensis)…

Merredith Jiles’ Watering Techniques

…to do, since you do need to go around each side of the plant. One product is the Yard Butler tree watering tool. How much to water? You want the soil moist to about 6″ deep with trees and large shrubs. This may be just 1″ of water, but it depends on your soil. Use a small can to measure when you water. When the can has 1″ in it, check to see how deep the soil is moist. Continue watering (and time it!) to see how long it takes have moist…

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Plants that survived the Texas Two-Step: Freeze and Drought

Although my spuria iris flowers astound me just once a year, they do it every year—drought, flood, or freeze—since Scott Ogden shared a few divisions with me years ago. My garden is resilient, too, thanks to the words he’s shared with me through all his books. Lauren Springer Ogden is another mentor, through her The Undaunted Garden (recently revised with Fulcrum Publishing) for garden design, plant resumes, and the poetry of words that express…

Drought disasters to avoid

Drought doesn’t scare me to pieces. My plants have been through it all and always come back for more. Yes, I do water some, but not outrageously. I avoid thirsty ones and go for those that can take our brutal swings. What scares the living daylights out of me is overreaction to drought. I keep seeing people make a clean sweep of it all and dumping yards of rocks over former living ground. Aside from being hot, hot, hot, and a mess when “weeds”…