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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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Backyard Citrus and Small Fruits - April 20th, 2013

Pluck luscious homegrown citrus with Michelle Pfluger‘s tips from Green ‘n Growing. On tour in Liberty Hill, April and Cliff Hendricks found their paradise with wide open land and close-up gardens. Daphne answers: How long does it really take for a century plant to bloom? Her pick of the week is agaves. John Dromgoole shows how to water plants with ollas….

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Funky Chicken Coop Tour 2012 - February 25th, 2012

Get egg-citing tips to raise chickens of your own with Michelle Hernandez and Carla Jean Oldenkamp from the Austin Funky Chicken Coop tour. Take a tour of Carla’s Zen Hen House and organic vegetable garden. Daphne Richards notes when to fertilize plants and lawn. Her pick of the week: Texas maroon bluebonnet. Trisha Shirey transitions winter crops to summer’s harvests….


Groundcover Plants

Deep Shade Aspidistra ‘Miky Way’ Shade/part Sun Mountain Pea (Orbexilum sp.) Mexican Spiderwort (Tinantia pringlei) Cobweb Plant (Tradescantia sillamontana) Hill Country Sedge (Carex perdentata) Fragrant Mistflower (Chromolaena odorata aka Eupatorium odoratum) Scarlet Sage (Salvia coccinea) African Hosta (Drimiopsis maculata) Sun/Part Shade Wavy Cloak Fern (Wavy scaly cloakfern) (Astrolepi…

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Sneaking into summer

…m Central Texas Gardener’s Facebook page, some of our friends fondly refer to Althea as the “granny plant.” We all agree that we need a good granny now and then!  I still have some of the lavender ones that came with my 1950s house. It’s a great adaptable accent or deciduous companion in an evergreen natural screen. Another passalong is from Daphne herself, when she was trialing Peter’s Purple monarda. Hummingbirds and butterflies, here the…

Groundcovers made for the shade; spiritual healing garden

…Find out about this drought-tough groundcover and many more when Tom meets with Michelle Pfluger from Green ‘n Growing in Pflugerville. Yep, she descends from the Pfluger founders. Her parents started this great nursery in 1975, one of the first to carry organic products. I cut some of my early teeth on it. Now she’s at the helm, and carrying on the tradition of propagating some of their diverse, Texas-proven selections. She responds to one…

Mushrooms: Your Garden's Best Friend

Remember last spring and fall when mushrooms appeared like magic? I always get a few, but last year, many mornings were absolute wonderland! Some gardeners fear that mushrooms mean something really evil. Actually, it’s just the opposite! Tom meets with Ashley McKenzie from the Texas Wild Mushrooming Group to explain what mushrooms are doing and how lucky you are to have them. What is a mushroom? Ashley tells us that it’s the fruiting body o…

Fruits of our labors even if some took “almost” a century

…at their cold hardiness. I fell in love with an A. celsii ‘Tricolor’, as it was called then, which is rated for a zone or two just warmer than us. First crazy freeze and they were mush. My regular celsii didn’t fare well in 17 degrees but did return, just slightly modified. Do take a serious look at their mature size, too. This cute little A. americana will grow up fast, and it won’t take even 10 years! Event note: The Cactus & Succulent…

Going tubular; Garden Conservancy Austin tour

…Lauren & Scott Ogden and the Wildflower Center said it was probably the native Oxalis drummondii. Well, at least it’s a native! Mark your calendars for the Wildflower Center’s plant sale coming up Oct. 9 & 10 (advance shopping on Oct. 8 for members). Diversity defines this year’s Garden Conservancy Open Days Austin tour. Coordinators Charlotte Warren and Laura Bohls did a terrific job selecting gardens big & small t…

Filling up on fragrance|Funky Chicken Coop tour|Square foot garden design

Well, if you had a year or so to read this post, I can show you everything that’s blooming in my garden!  Since I know you’re busy, here’s just a sampling that doesn’t include “D is for Drought” in their vocabulary. One is Narcissus ‘Gigantic Star’, a reliable early bloomer. Narcissus ‘Erlicheer’ keeps on coming. ‘Helen von Stein’ lamb’s ears in the background. I’m totally in love with little spring starflowers (…