Master Gardener: 3 Red Sizzles for Summer Fun | House and garden

Master Gardener: 3 Red Sizzles for Summer Fun |  House and garden

If scavenging deer, ravenous insects, scorching sun or freaky frosts have ever threatened the existence of your favorite flowering plants, don’t despair. Native plants are superheroes waiting to defeat them all. Here are three that sport crackling red blooms and thrive despite their natural predators. Flame Acanthus (Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii) is one of the … Read more

Gardener’s Master: Barbados Cherry – A Plant Native to Texas | House and garden

Gardener's Master: Barbados Cherry - A Plant Native to Texas |  House and garden

The Barbados cherry belongs to the Malpighiaceae family. It has several names, a wide variety of species, and many uses. The scientific name is Malpighea glabra. Common names include Barbados cherry, wild crape myrtle, acerola, manzanita, wild cherry, and Jamaican cherry. Manzana means “apple” in Spanish. The fruit of the manzanita resembles a tiny apple … Read more

Master Gardeners: Lucky Mona Lavender Leaves Promote Calmness, Optimism | House and garden

Master Gardeners: Lucky Mona Lavender Leaves Promote Calmness, Optimism |  House and garden

Last month I was lucky enough to win a mona lavender plant. Not only is it beautiful, but it was one that I neither owned nor knew of. time to learn about it. On the plant label she was called Mona Lavender Plectranthus. None of my gardening books contained descriptions of it. Luckily, the internet … Read more

Gardener master: summer camp for healthy children | House and garden

Gardener master: summer camp for healthy children |  House and garden

After a two-year hiatus, we hope you will choose VCMGA’s summer camp as one of the fun, educational, and creative activities for your kids this summer. The VCMGA Summer Camp is designed to discover and learn about nature, exercise creativity with interesting projects and meet new friends. We all missed these activities, so it will … Read more

Master Gardener: Summer Garden Tips | House and garden

Master Gardener: Summer Garden Tips |  House and garden

Summer reminds me of my mother’s love for planting zinnias. She liked all flowers, but brightly colored zinnias in the summer were her favorites. As it gets hotter and drier, we gardeners can adopt practices that not only benefit ourselves, but our plants, gardens, and yards as well. Some important things to consider are watering, … Read more

Gardener Master: Foliage Protection | House and garden

Gardener Master: Foliage Protection |  House and garden

Gardeners often ask about using plants as privacy screens. Foliage screens can provide privacy from traffic, unsightly views, and neighbors. Foliage screens add privacy, visual appeal and ambiance around the pool and patios. Select foliage screens Consider the dimensions of the area you want to block (height and width) and whether you want dense coverage … Read more