Pest Control Begins with Sound Gardening Practices

Today, gardeners realize that a balance of insects, good and bad, is most healthful for both the garden and gardener. For the most part, gone are the days of spraying indiscriminately to eradicate pests. Now, the focus is on good gardening practices, such as soil building and planting a diversity of crops, combined with barriers … Continue reading Pest Control Begins with Sound Gardening Practices

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What Is: Ageratum?

COMMON NAME: ageratum GENUS: Ageratum SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: A. houstonianum. Blue hybrids: Blue Blazer, Blue Angel, Blue Mink, Blue Surf, Midget Blue, Florist's Blue. White; Album, Summer Snow, Mexican White. Purple: Royal Blazer. Pink: Fairy Pink, Pinkie. FAMILY: Compositae BLOOMS: summer and fall TYPE: annual DESCRIPTION: Ageratum hybrids vary in height from 5 to 24 inches. … Continue reading What Is: Ageratum?

6 Bug Repellent Patio Plants

We love to spend our summer days outside with family and friends, but pesky bugs are quick to drive a party indoors. For a chemical-free way to keep insects at bay this season, we asked the experts from our green goods team to recommend their favorite bug repellent plants. Planted near the doorway or transformed … Continue reading 6 Bug Repellent Patio Plants

Southwest Gardening: Managing July Plants

What to Plant in July We recommend most plants be planted in the fall or spring.  However, if you must plant during the summer months watering may need to be more frequent and you must be diligent about observing your newly planted plants for signs of water stress. Many cacti and warm-season succulents can still … Continue reading Southwest Gardening: Managing July Plants