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Grow a Bigger Garden in a Smaller Space

| September 1, 2017
Grow a Bigger Garden in a Smaller Space

Space-Saving Ideas For Increased Productivity By Melinda Myers Whether in the ground or on a balcony or deck, there’s always room to grow your own garden-fresh produce and beautiful flowers. Space- saving gardening techniques and products can help you increase productivity in any available space. Consider elevated gardens and planter carts that not only save […]

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No Garden Space? No Problem.

| July 1, 2015
No Garden Space? No Problem.

Enjoy Flowers, Herbs And Edibles In Containers By Melinda Myers Brighten up your patio, deck or front entrance with containers. They’re an excellent way to add color, fragrance and beauty where plantable space is limited or nonexistent. Set a few containers on the front or back steps, in the corner of your deck or in […]

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Texas Roses Must Be ‘On’ Year-Round
To Make The Cut

| December 1, 2014
Texas Roses Must Be ‘On’ Year-Round </br>To Make The Cut

Texas rose breeder likes lots of colorful, fragrant blooms

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Fall Zinnias Named Texas Superstars

| November 1, 2014
Fall Zinnias Named Texas Superstars

On-trend sinks and faucets make for easy updates

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Function and Flair in Your Kitchen

| August 1, 2014
Function and Flair in Your Kitchen

On-trend sinks and faucets make for easy updates

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What’s Underfoot: Top Trends in Hardwood Flooring

| July 1, 2014
What’s Underfoot: Top Trends in Hardwood Flooring

No More “Shades Of Brown Only” — Today’s Flooring Is All About Color

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When and How to Prune Roses for Lush Results

| June 1, 2014
When and How to Prune Roses for Lush Results

Pruning a rose garden a few times each season enables the plants to grow full and lush

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Tantalized By Tile

| May 1, 2014
Tantalized By Tile

Texture, Technology, Traditional or Titan? By Elizabeth Anthony Inspiration and influence for tile floors and walls come from everywhere: fashion, upholstery, wallpaper, furniture, media and even electronics. In our homes and offices, where each element must uniquely capture the current style of those who live and work there, honing in on the style and colors […]

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This Summer, Choose the Right Tree for the Right Spot

| May 1, 2014
This Summer, Choose the Right Tree for the Right Spot

Easy tips for tree planting success

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Garden Color 101

| March 1, 2014
Garden Color 101

Experiment With The Three Color Harmo One of the best things about gardening is the lack of rules. That’s especially true when it comes to color – anything goes! In the garden, there are as many different ways to use color, as there are gard­en­ers. Flower and foliage colors can be chosen to complement the exterior […]

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Brighten the Holidays with Amaryllis

| December 1, 2013
Brighten the Holidays with Amaryllis

They are easy to grow indoors and outdoors Winter is not the season most often associated with growing flamboyant flowers – unless the subject happens to be amaryllis. With large tropical flowers that rival anything the summer garden can boast, amaryllis are grown indoors in pots to brighten the holidays and dark winter days. Such […]

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When Crickets Cease to Chirp, Plant Tulips

| December 1, 2013
When Crickets Cease to Chirp, Plant Tulips

Timing is everything when it comes to planting bulbs Good things still come to those who wait. This is especially true of those who love tulips, daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs. To bloom in spring, bulbs must be planted in fall when cool soil temperatures offer the right rooting conditions. The beginning of planting season […]

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Perfect Timing for the Plunge: Fall Pool Construction

| October 1, 2013
Perfect Timing for the Plunge: Fall Pool Construction

By Melanie Saxton Fall is the ideal time to plan for a swimming pool installation. Construction throughout the winter can ready your backyard for a springtime oasis. But because underground pools are permanent fixtures, it makes sense to know ahead of time precisely what style of pool fits your needs. For many, owning a pool […]

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Houston Gardens Can Show Texas Pride – Five colorful flowers you can enjoy this fall

| September 1, 2013
Houston Gardens Can Show Texas Pride – Five colorful flowers you can enjoy this fall

By Jennifer Miko With fall weather approaching, cooler conditions welcome new opportunities to bright­en up your landscaping. There are many wonderful plants to consider that thrive after the summer months. Annuals are versatile and can be planted from a seed or transplant, or grown in a container. They’re perfect for window boxes, lining a sidewalk […]

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“Princess Anne” – David Austin’s New Featured Rose for North America

| September 1, 2013
“Princess Anne” – David Austin’s New Featured Rose for North America

A CERISE PINK TRULY FIT FOR A PRINCESS David Austin Roses has selected Rosa “Princess Anne” as its newest “featured English Rose” for North America. Austin’s featured rose category is an online showcase for select, top-performing roses for U.S. and Canadian gardeners, with particular focus on those that perform best under the kinds of diverse […]

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Flutter By, Butterfly

| April 1, 2013
Flutter By, Butterfly

Photography by Zac Stayton, Cockrell Butterfly Center Interested in butterfly gardening? Butterflies can dance around yards almost year round in the Houston area. Nearly a hundred species inhabit southeast Texas, from large and showy monarchs, gulf fritillaries and several spectacular swallowtails, to tiny delicate blues and hairstreaks or the fast-flying skippers. Commonly seen are monarchs […]

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Five Tips for Dazzling Dahlias These showy blooms can hold their own in our blistering heat

| August 1, 2012
Five Tips for Dazzling Dahlias These showy blooms can hold their own in our blistering heat

For broad-shouldered, showy blooms that can take the summer heat, you can’t beat dahlias. Despite a pop culture reputation for being associated with mystery, there’s no secret to growing these hardy plants. Dahlias perform beautifully in the garden or in containers and yield magnificent cut flowers. For these reasons alone, dahlias should be on your […]

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Conrad-Pyle Introduces Four New Roses in 2012

| April 1, 2012
Conrad-Pyle Introduces Four New Roses in 2012

They may become the true “Stars” of your garden Sunshine Daydream, the 2012 All-America Rose Selections winner, leads the way among four new offerings from The Conard-Pyle Company/Star® Roses this spring. Yellow roses take center stage this year, with Eyeconic™ Lemonade and Sunshine Daydream. The pale pink Eyeconic™ Pink Lemonade and bright red Thrive™ complete […]

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Two New Fragrant English Shrub Roses

| March 1, 2012
Two New Fragrant English Shrub Roses

From a new line of David Austin breeding  Now, American rose lovers can enjoy two delightful new David Austin English roses available by mail order. The two varieties are ‘Princess Anne’, a cerise pink fully-double rose from a new line of David Austin breeding, and ‘Skylark’, a lilac-pink semi-double rose. His English roses are known […]

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Fragrant Indoor Winter Garden

| January 1, 2012
Fragrant Indoor Winter Garden

Replant small potted plants into one large pot Fragrant hyacinths are one of the joys of the winter indoor garden. Buy potted bulbs already forced and the hard work’s done, leaving you the fun part. Even before the flower color starts to show, the green buds poking out from the top of the bulb give […]

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Fall Planting for Fall Blooms

| November 1, 2011
Fall Planting for Fall Blooms

Three species that offer instant gratification Planting bulbs in fall is usually about anticipation of spring blooms. But there are a few fall-planted bulbs that actually offer near instant gratification. The Big Three are Colchicum, Autumn Crocus and Cyclamen hederifolium (hardy cyclamen). All are fairly small in stature, planted in fall, and bloom right away. […]

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Choosing the Right Fountain for Your Outdoor Space

| August 1, 2011
Choosing the Right Fountain for Your Outdoor Space

Follow these expert tips Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon spent many years and covered many miles searching for the fabled “fountain of youth.” Fortunately, you don’t have to go to those lengths to find a special fountain that will transform your backyard into a private oasis. You only need to make a trip to the […]

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Introducing Bella Anna

| June 1, 2011
Introducing Bella Anna

Meet Bella Anna, the first pink Annabelle hydrangea in the Endless Summer Collection. Pink is a unique color for Annabelle hydrangea, and Bella Anna’s stunning, dark pink blooms will steal your heart. As its name suggests, this plant will add beauty to your garden all season long. Bella Anna features large, peppy pink blooms. It […]

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