Henderson County Texas Master Gardeners

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The Master Gardener program is a volunteer development program offered by Texas AgriLife Extension Service by disseminating horticultrual information to individuals and groups in Henderson County and to develop and continue community projects related to horticulture & gazon naturel en rouleau. We are a group of volunteers who share a love of gardening and are eager to learn and share their knowledge.

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Herbs

Chinese Chives or Garlic Chives: Allium tuberosum

Amaryllidaceae (Liliaceae)

Linear, gray-green, waxy leaves; globular flowers in umbels.

Plant Form or Habit: upright

Plant Type: perennial

Plant Use: herbs

Propagation: seed

Exposure: high

Flower Color: white, rose, purple

Blooming Period: spring summer

Height: 1 - 2 feet

Width: 1 foot

Foliage Texture: fine

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements: medium

Additional Comments: Needs rich, well-drained soil. Air dry to use cloves for cooking. Attributed to lowering blood pressure and helping anemia.

Chilipiquin - C. annuum: Perennial, commonly called "bird pepper". Nice addition to wild garden. Part shade.

Lemon Balm, Bee Balm, Melissa: Melissa officinalis

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Many short runners; square stem, slightly hairy, opposite, light green leaves. Flowers contain citronella (mosquito repellant).

Plant Form or Habit: upright

Plant Type: perennial

Plant Use: cut flowers herbs

Propagation: seed division stem cuttings

Exposure: medium

Flower Color: white

Blooming Period: summer

Height: 2'

Width: 2'

Foliage Texture: medium

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements: medium

Additional Comments: Has traditionally been used as a medical plant.

Purple Ruffles Basil

Sweet Basil: Ocimum basilicum

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Dark green, oval leaves with flowers in whorls at end of stem.

Plant Form or Habit: upright

Plant Type: annual

Plant Use: herbs

Propagation: seed

Exposure: high

Flower Color: white

Blooming Period: summer fall

Height: 2-3'

Width: 18-20"

Foliage Texture: medium

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements: medium

Additional Requirements: Used aws a culinary herb in vegetables, soups, salads, and meats.

Dill: Anethum graveolens

Umbelliferae

Looks like fennel; feathery, blue-green foliage; flower is an umbel

Plant Form or Habit: upright

Plant Type: annual

Plant Use: herbs

Propagation: seed

Exposure: high

Flower Color: yellow

Blooming Period: summer fall

Height: 3-4'

Width: 3'

Foliage Texture: fine

Heat Tolerance: medium

Water Requirements: medium

Additional comments: Used fresh in pickling and vinegar, salads, etc; sow seed directly; easily grown but may become a weed; seeds and leaves pungent; attributed to promoting digestion.

Parsley: Petroselinum crispum

Umbelliferae

Crinkled, dark green leaves. Flowers not present. Best when treated as an annual.

Plant Form or Habit: rounded

Plant Type: biennial

Plant Use: herbs

Propagation: seed

Exposure: medium

Flower Color:

Blooming Period:

Height: 6-12"

Width: 12"

Foliage Texture: medium

Heat Tolerance: medium

Water Requirements: medium

Additional Comments: Fruit and seeds are poisonous to birds. Rich in vitamin C. Some consider it to be "nature's breath freshener."

Rosemary: Rosmarinus officinalis

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Narrow, dark, green leaves; evergreen shrub; flowers in clusters.

Plant Form or Habit: upright

Plant Type: perennial

Plant Use: herbs

Propagation: stem cuttings

Exposure: high

Flower Color: Purple

Blooming Period: summer fall

Height: 2 - 5 feet

Width: 2 feet

Foliage Texture: fine

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements: low

Additional Comments: Available in trailing forms. Don't over water. Requires good drainage. Best in full sun. Pinch to prevent woodiness.

Anise Hyssop - species. Perennial, grows to two feet, blooms with purple spikes all summer. Good bee plant. Pine-scented Rosemary – Nice variety to have for Christmas. Perennial, grows to two feet. Creeping Thyme – Good culinary variety. Makes a nice ground cover in well-drained sunny location.

Texas Native

Heirloom Bulbs

Miscellaneous Bulbs

Miscellaneous Plants And Shrubs

Common Name: Bouncing Bet, Soapwort

Height: 24-32 in. Color: Pale Pink

Bloom Season: Summer

Conditions: Full Sun

Type: HP Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Dense clusters of fragrant, pale pink 1 inch flowers.

Dark green leaves to 4 inches long.

Brugmansia sp.

Common Name: Angel Trumpet

Height: up to 15ft for mature plants

Bloom Season: Late Summer to fall

Color: Pink

Conditions: Full Sun, partial afternoon shade; moist, fertile, well drained soil

Large exotic pendulous flowers. Easy to grow. Cut back tops to within 6 inches of the ground before

first freeze, mulch heavily to provide winter protection.

Take 4 to 5-inch-long pieces from half-ripened wood in fall, and root in a good potting soil to propagate.

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium (Asteraceae)

A drought tolerant perennial herb native to Europe, it has naturalized throughout temperate North America. The species name, millefolium-of a thousand leaves-describes the fine, feathery foliage that resembles a fern. Flowers are in clusters forming a flat white top usually affixed to a single stem. Yarrow can endure dry, impoverished soil and survive with little maintenance. Requires full sun. A true perennial taking two years to become established.

Height: 1-3 feet

Blooming period: May-November

Miscellaneous: Good garden plant for fresh or dry floral arrangements. Foliage is pleasantly fragrant when crushed. Can be mowed to form a highly competitive ground cover to control soil erosion.

Hibiscus Mutabilis

Common Name: Confederate Rose

Height: 12 to 15 feet Color: Light Pink

Bloom Season: Fall

Conditions: full sun or partial shade with moist, rich, well-drained soil.

The Confederate rose is an old-fashioned perennial shrub with maple-shaped leaves, velvety to touch and a peony-like flower 4 to 6 inches in diameter. Blooms light pink and the second day turns to darker rose pink and the third day the bloom fades. Progressive bloomer, as some of the flowers fade, new buds will open. Before the first freeze, the plant should be cut back to approximately four inches above the ground. The next season's growth will come from the roots. Mulch the plant with woodchips or pine straw to protect from freezing. Cuttings 12-15” long, root easily.

Aloe: Aloe vera

Liliaceae

Thick, leathery, straplike, green leaves of 6-24 inches; edged with spines and have white dots; bell-like flowers, but rarely bloom when pot grown.

Plant Form or Habit: upright

Plant Type: perennial

Plant Use: container plantings

Propagation: stem cuttings

Exposure: high

Flower Color: yellow

Foliage Texture: coarse

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements: low

Additional Comments: Allow soil to become dry between waterings; requires little care; move inside in temperatures below 50 degrees; bitter yellow juice in leaves used in cosmetics and ointments.

Nandina Sweet Violets Viola odorata

Violaceae

Tufted, dark green leaves; heart shaped runners. Fragrant single flowers on peduncle from crown. Irregular symmetry.

Plant Form or Habit: rounded

Plant Type: perennial

Plant Use: beds & borders natives

Propagation: division

Exposure: low

Flower Color: purple, blue, white

Blooming Period: spring

Height: 4-6"

Width: 8"

Foliage Texture: medium

Heat Tolerance: medium low

Water Requirements: medium

Additional Comments: Remove runners and shear back in late fall for better spring blooms. Complete fertilizing in spring.

Nasturtium: Tropaeolum majus

Tropaeolaceae

Perennial treated as an annual. Mid-green, round leaves with a peltate attachment.

Plant Form or Habit: spreading

Plant Type: annual

Plant Use: herbs

Propagation: seed

Exposure: medium

Flower Color: red, yellow, orange

Blooming Period: summer

Height: 6 - 15"

Width: 6-12"

Foliage Texture: medium

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements: medium

Additional Comments: Use in shady beds to prevent bleaching. Young leaves and unripe seeds used in salads like watercress. Foliage has a pepper-like take.

Canna or Indian Shot: Canna x generalis

Cannaceae

Glabrous, ovate, large green leaves. Flowers in racemes.

Plant Form or Habit: upright

Plant Type: perennial

Plant Use: beds & borders

Propagation: division

Exposure: medium

Flower Color: white, ivory, yellow, orange, pink, coral, salmon, red, bicolor

Blooming Period: summer fall

Height: dwarf- 3 feet; standard- 6 feet

Width: 1.5 - 2 feet

Foliage Texture: coarse

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements: medium

Additional Comments: Remove faded flowers/stalks. May freeze. Use in groups as background or screen. Rhizome propagation: Plant rhizomes 5" deep, 10" apart.

Sun or part shade; plant in well-drained soil amended with peat moss or ground bark. Will survive light frosts but may be killed to ground by severe cold - may come back from roots.

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Solitary heads on stiff stems; pinnately dissected, aromatic foliage.

Plant Form or Habit: upright

Plant Type: annual

Plant Use: beds & borders container plantings

Propagation: seed

Exposure: high

Flower Color: yellow, orange, mahogany

Blooming Period: summer fall

Height: 1-3'

Width: 1'

Foliage Texture: medium

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements: medium

Additional Comments: Tolerates heat but needs moist soil; watch for spider mites; deadhead; good for color in the fall months.

Petunia: Petunia x hybrida

Solanaceae

Perennial treated as an annual; alternate, ovate leaves with a fine pubescence; funnel-shaped corolla available in singles, doubles, ruffles, fringes, stripes, veined, or trailing varieties.

Plant Form or Habit: spreading cascading

Plant Type: annual

Plant Use: beds & borders container plantings hanging baskets

Propagation: seed

Exposure: medium

Flower Color: white, red, purple, pink, yellow

Blooming Period: spring summer fall

Height: 8-15"

Width: 8-15"

Foliage Texture: medium

Heat Tolerance: medium

Water Requirements: medium

Additional Comments: Declines in summer heat; dead head for best performance; flowers have a sweet fragrance

Vinca Periwinkle, Band Plant: Vinca major 'Variegata'

Apocynaceae

Long trailing stems, ovate dark green leaves which may have creamy variegation. Single, flat flowers with 5 petals.

Plant Form or Habit: spreading

Plant Type: perennial

Plant Use: groundcover

Propagation: division stem cuttings

Exposure: medium low

Flower Color: purple

Blooming Period: spring

Height: 1'

Width: 2'

Foliage Texture: medium

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements: low

Additional Comments: Cut back heavily each winter when scalping the lawn. Dust, drought, and smog tolerance. Pest, insect, and disease free. Use as a bank cover, and to control soil erosion.

Ranunculaceae

Large, palmately 5-7 parted leaves. Flowers- racemes or spikes; 5 petals, with spurs.

Plant Form or Habit: upright

Plant Type: perennial

Plant Use: beds & borders cutflowers

Propagation: seed

Exposure: high

Flower Color: blue, red, pink, white, yellow

Blooming Period: summer

Height: 2-6'

Width: 1'

Foliage Texture: medium

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements: high

Additional Comments: May need staking; watch for botrytis, powdery mildew, black spot, and mites.

Busy Lizzie or Impatiens: Impatiens wallerana (I. sultanii)

Balsaminaceae

Tropical perennial treated as an annual; succulent leaves and stems sometimes flushed in red; rotate flowers

Plant Form or Habit: rounded

Plant Type: annual

Plant Use: beds & borders container plantings hanging baskets

Propagation: stem cuttings

Exposure: medium low

Flower Color: White, pink, purple, red, salmon

Blooming Period: summer fall

Height: 1-2'

Width: 1-2'

Foliage Texture: medium

Heat Tolerance: medium

Water Requirements: medium

Additional Comments: Considered to be a bedding plant for shady areas; pinch to encourage branching; many cultivars available.

OUTSTANDING LANDSCAPE PLANTS FOR NORTHEAST TEXAS

 This compilation of landscape plants for northeast Texas is intended to be used as a guide for selecting plants which are proven performers. Input for the list came from leading horticulturists, growers and nurserymen from throughout the region. 
  
   The  following plants are hardy, reliable, lack major problems and are readily available in our area. There are many other good plants which also merit attention; not everyone's favorite will be on the list. However, you can be sure these will thrive in your landscape given reasonable care. 
  
   Plants are listed alphabetically by common name within categories, followed by: (other common names), botanical name, light preference, evergreen or deciduous, along with comments regarding cultivars, special needs or attributes. Within some categories, some plant groups may have several outstanding members, such as hollies and oaks. A few species or varieties are listed to highlight some of the best in that group.
  
   Ajuga - (Carpet Bugle); Ajuga reptans; partial shade to shade
  

Asiatic Jasmine - Trachelospermum asiaticum; sun to shade

English Ivy - Hedera helix; shade; also is an excellent clinging vine

Ferns - several species including' holly fern, wood fern, autumn fern; shade

Juniper -Juniperus spp; sun; several selections including' 'Blue Pacific', 'Green Mound', 'Shore', 'Tam Juniper'

Liriope - (Lily Turf); Liriope muscari; shade; several selections including' 'Majestic', 'Big Blue', 'Variegated'

Mondograss - (Monkeygrass); Ophiopogon japonicus; partial shade to shade; cultivars include' 'Nanus' (dwarf), 'Nigrescens' (black)

Pachysandra - (Japanese Spurge); Pachysandra terminaris; shade

Purple Wintercreeper - Euonymus fortune' Colorata'; sun to shade

Vinca - - (Periwinkle); Vinca major, V. minor; partial shade to shade; several selections including: V.major 'Variegata', V. minor 'Bowles'

VINES Boston Ivy Parthenocissus tricuspidata; sun to partial shade; deciduous, cultivars include 'Veitchi' and 'Lowii' Carolina Jessamine - Gelsemium sempervirens; sun to partial shade; semi-evergreen

Clematis - Clematis spp.; sun to partial shade; deciduous to semi-evergreen; several species and cultivars - most common is Sweet Autumn Clematis; keep roots cool, in shade, top in sun

Coral Honeysuckle - (Trumpet Honeysuckle); Lonicerasempervirens; sun to partial shade; evergreen

Crossvine - Bignonia capreolata; sun to partial shade; semi-evergreen

Fig Ivy - (Climbing Fig); Ficus pumila; sun to partial shade; evergreen

Roses (Lady Banksia) - Rosa banksiae 'Lutea'; sun; semi-evergreen

Trumpet Vine - (Trumpet Creeper); Campsis radicans, C. x tagliabuana 'Madam Galen'; sun; deciduous; can be rampant, 'Madam Galen' less invasive

Virginia Creeper - Parthenocissus quinquifo/ia; sun to shade; deciduous

Wisteria - Wisteria sinensis; sun; deciduous DWARF SHRUBS - (under 3 feet) Azaleas - Rhododendron spp; morning sun to shade; semi-evergreen; small azalea types include Gumpo varieties, some Satsuki varieties, 'Coral Bells'

Barberry (dwarf varieties) - Berberis spp.; sun; deciduous to semi-evergreen; 'Crimson Pygmy', 'Kobold', B. buxifo/ia 'Nana'

Boxwood - Buxus microphylla; sun to partial shade; evergreen; 'Wintergreen', Japanese boxwood

Dwarf Gardenia - Gardenia jasrninoides 'Radicans'; sun to part shade, evergreen; occasional winter damage, best in protected location

Holly -llex spp; sun to shade; evergreen; several excellent species and cultivars:/, vornitoria 'Nana', 'Schillings' (dwarf yaupon holly); I. cornuta 'Rotunda' (dwarf Chinese holly); I. crenata 'Helleri', 'Compacta' (dwarf Japanese holly)

Junipers - Juniperus spp; sun; evergreen; J. procumbens (Japanese garden juniper); 'Blue Rug'

Indian Hawthorn - Raphiolepis indica; sun to part shade; evergreen; 'Enchantress', 'Pinkie', 'Clara' and other dwarf varieties

Mini or Dwarf Crepe Myrtles - Lagerstroemia indica (dwarf varieties); sun; deciduous

Nandina - Nandina domestica (dwarf varieties); sun to partial shade; evergreen; color is best in full sun; 'Nana', 'Harbor Dwarf', 'Gulf Stream"

Spirea - Spirea spp; sun; deciduous; 'Anthony Waterer', 'Little Princes', 'Heather' SMALL SHRUBS - (3 TO 6 Feet) Abelia - (Glossy Abel/a); Abelia grand/flora; sun to partial shade; semi-evergreen; 'Compacta', 'Edward Goucher'

Aucuba (Gold Dust Aucuba); Aucuba japonica; shade; evergreen; 'Variegata' (Gold Dust), 'Picturata'

Azalea - Rhododendron spp.; morning sun to shade; semi-evergreen; many to choose from

Barberry - (Japanese Barberry); Berber/s thunbergii; sun; semi-evergreen; 'Atropurpurea', 'Rose Glow'

Camellia - (Sasanqua); Camellia sasanqua; partial shade; evergreen; hundreds of varieties, 'Shishi Gashira' is one of several low growers - ask your nurseryman for other varieties

Dwarf Crepe Myrtle - Lagerstroemia indica semi-dwarf varieties; sun; deciduous; range of sizes, colors

Holly -llex cornuta; sun; evergreen; 'Dwarf Burford', 'Berries Jubilee', 'Dazzler'; other varieties can be sheared to maintain height

Indian Hawthorn - Raphio/epis indica; sun to partial shade; evergreen; several cultivars

Juniper - Juniperus spp; sun; evergreen; 'Compact Pfitzer', 'Sea Green', other varieties

Nandina - Nandina domestica; sun to partial shade; evergreen

MEDIUM SHRUBS - (6 to 9 Feet) Abelia - (Glossy Abelia); Abelia grandiflora; sun to partial shade; semi-evergreen

Camellia - Camellia japonica, C. sasanqua; partial sun; evergreen; hundreds of varieties; Sasanqua varieties bloom early winter, often escaping freeze, while Japanese camellias bloom mid to late winter and often suffer bloom damage unless in a protected location

Cleyera - Ternstroemia gyrnnanthera; sun to partial shade; evergreen

Crape Myrtle Lagerstroemia spp; sun; deciduous; many varieties, look for newer hybrid, intermediate sizes with powdery mildew resistance

Elaeagnus - Elaeagnus spp; sun to partial shade; evergreen; Elaeagnus 'Ebbingei', 'Fruitlandii'

Holly -llex spp; sun to shade; evergreen; 'Needle Point', 'Burford', 'Nellie R. Stevens',

Juniper - Juniperus spp; sun; evergreen; 'Blue Vase', 'Blue Point', 'Pfitzer', others

Ligustrum - (Waxleaf Ligustrum); Ligustrum japonicum; sun to partial shade; evergreen; overused but reliable shrub for screens; don't confuse with Glossy Privet which grows into small tree

Photinia, Red Tip - (Fraser's Photinia); Photinia x fraseri; sun; evergreen; can be kept under 1 0 feet with pruning; susceptible to leaf spot disease which, if severe, can defoliate and weaken plant

Texas Sage -{Caniza); Leucophyllum frutescens; sun; evergreen; several cultivars LARGE SHRUBS - (Over 9 Feet) Cherry Laurel - Prunus caroliniana; sun to partial shade; evergreen; can grow into small tree

Crape Myrtle - Lagerstroemia spp; sun; deciduous; look for hybrid varieties with disease resistance

Holly -llex spp; sun; evergreen; 'Nellie R. Stevens', 'Foster's', 'Savannah', Yaupon,

Japanese Yew - Podocarpus macrophylla; sun to shade; evergreen

Juniper - Juniperus spp; sun; evergreen; many cultivars including 'Skyrocket', 'Blue Point', 'Hollywood'

Leyland Cypress - Cupressocyparis leylandii; sun; evergreen; can grow to medium-sized tree

Ligustrum - (Glossy Privet, Japanese Ligustrum); Ligustrurnlucidum; sun; evergreen; so not confuse with L. japonicurn (Waxleaf Ligustrum); can grow into small tree

Photinia, Chinese - Photinia serrulata; sun; evergreen; can grow into small tree

Photinia, Red Tip - (Fraser's Photinia); Photinia x fraseri; sun; evergreen; see note under medium shrubs

Southern Wax Myrtle - Myrica cerifera; sun to partial shade; evergreen

SMALL TREES - (Under 20 Feet) Crape Myrtle -Lagerstroemia spp; sun; deciduous; comes in many sizes and forms; hybrids, many. with Indian names have powdery mildew resistance, attractive bark, besides showy bloom., Dogwood - Comus florida; partial sun to shade; white and pink varieties; acid soil; give protection from full sun

Fringe Tree - (Grancy Greybeard); Chionanthus viginicus; partial shade; deciduous; acid soil; give protection from full sun

Holly -llex spp; sun to shade; Yaupon Holly, /. vomitoria (evergreen); Possum Haw or Deciduous Holly, l. decidua (deciduous); only female plants bear fruit

Japanese Black Pine - Pinus thunbergiana; sun; evergreen

Japanese Maple - Acer palmatum; partial sun to shade; deciduous; many excellent cultivar including 'Bloodgood', 'Crimson Queen'

Magnolia (deciduous types); Magnolia spp; sun to part shade; deciduous; Saucer or Tulip Magnolia M. soulangiana; Star Magnolia, M. stellata; and M. hybrids.

Ornamental Pear - (Bradford Pear); Pyrus calleryana; sun; deciduous; improved varieties include 'Aristocrat', 'Capitol', 'Whitehouse'

Redbud - Cercis canadensis; sun; deciduous; varieties include: 'Oklahoma'

Vitex - (Lavender Tree); Vitex agnus-castus; sun; deciduous

MEDIUM TREES - (20 To 50 Feet) American Holly -llex opaca; sun to shade; evergreen; slow to moderate growth; only female plants bear fruit

Chinese Pistache - Pistacha chinensis; sun; deciduous; reliable fall color

Crabapple - Malus spp; sun; deciduous; 20 to 25 feet; select disease resistant cultivars

Lacebark Elm - Ulmus parvifolia; sun to partial shade; deciduous; attractive bark

Golden Raintree - Koelreuteria paniculata; sun; deciduous; avoid Southern Golden Raintree (K. bipinnata) which has more attractive seedpods but is less hardy

Leyland Cypress - Cupressocyparis leylandii; sun; evergreen; can grow to medium-sized tree

Magnolia - Magnolia spp; sun to partial shade; some M. grandiflora (Southern Magnolia) cultivars stay small; M. soulangiana (Saucer or Tulip Magnolia) can grow to 25 feet tall

Maple, Red -Acer rubrum; sun; deciduous; beautiful fall color; 'Drummondii', 'Sunset',

Maple, other species - Acer barbatum (Texas Sugar Maple), A. grandidentatum (Bigtooth Maple), A. leucoderme (Chalk Maple); sun; deciduous

Ornamental Pear - (Bradford Pear:; Pyrus calleryan; sun; deciduous; improved varieties include: "Aristocrat", "Capitol", "Whitehouse'> LARGE TREES - (Over 50 Feet) Bald Cypress - Taxodium distichum; sun; deciduous

Blackgum - Nyssa sylvatica; sun; deciduous; fall color

Ginkgo - Ginkgo biloba; sun; deciduous; slow growing, brilliant yellow fall color

Maple-Acer rubrum.; sun; deciduous; Red Maple most common, Trident Red Maple and Drummond; Red Maple frequently grown; A. barbatum - Southern Sugar Maple

Oaks - Quercus spp.; sun; many species - among highest rated are: Shumard Red Oak, Q. shumardii (deciduous); Live Oak, Q. virginiana (evergreen); Willow Oak, Q. phellos (deciduous); White Oak, Q. alba (deciduous)

Pecan- Carya illinoensis; sun; deciduous

River Birch - Betula nigra; sun; deciduous

Southern Magnolia - Magnolia grandiflora; sun to partial shade; evergreen

Sweetgum - Liquidamber styraciflua; sun; deciduous; 'Rotundiloba' is a fruitless variety

Tulip Poplar- (Yellow Poplar); Liriodendron tuplipifera; sun; deciduous

Dream Garden

The Master Gardeners maintain our "Dream Garden" located within the East Texas Arboretum grounds. Come out and see what beautiful things we have growing in the garden.

The Henderson County Master Gardener garden at the East Texas Arboretum was first started as a trial garden for "EarthKind Roses" at the end of the test is was converted to a cottage garden called "Texas Cottage Garden."

Dream Garden1 Dream Garden3 Dream Garden2 Following is a list of plant profiles for the plants we have in our Dream Garden:

~~~ Althea/Rose of Sharon ~~~

~~~ hibiscus syriacus ~~~

Althea

Deciduous ornamental shrub/tree. Sun/part shade. Height 12 ft. Blooms summer/fall.

~~~ Amiga Mia Rose ~~~

~~~ rosa amiga mia ~~~

Amiga Mia Rose

Shrub rose. Very fragrant. Full sun. Height to 4 ft. Medium pink double blooms.

~~~ Angel Trumpet ~~~

~~~ brugmansia ~~~

Angel Trumpet

Poisonous plant. Large, long trumpet shaped flowers. Blooms start in late evening. Sun/part shade. Height 8-10 ft. Blooms summer/fall.

~~~ Angelonia ~~~

~~~ angelonia angustifolia ~~~

Angelonia

Thrives on heat. Annual. Sun/part shade. Height to 2 ft. Blooms summer/fall.

~~~ Asian Jasmine 'Snow-n-Summer' ~~~

~~~ trachelospermum ~~~

Asian Jasmine Snow in Summer

Evergreen ground cover with pink and white new growth. Drought tolerant. Sun/part shade. Height to 10 in.

~~~ Augusta Duelberg Salvia ~~~

~~~ salvia farinacea ~~~

Augusta Duelberg Salvia

Drought tolerant, low maintenance. Full sun. Height 24-36 in. Blooms late spring/mid fall.

~~~ Banana Shrub ~~~

~~~ michelia figo ~~~

Banana Shrub

Fragrant. Sun to part shade. Height 6 to 10 ft. Blooms spring to fall.

~~~ Belindas Dream Rose ~~~

~~~ rosa hybrida ~~~

Belindas Dream Rose

Shrub rose. Fragrant. Bloom pink, 3-4 in Full sun. Height to 6 ft. Blooms all season.

~~~ Black Eyed Susan Vine ~~~

~~~ thunbergia alata ~~~

Black Eyed Susan

Herbaceous tender perennial/annual climber. Full sun, part shade. Height 6-8 ft. Blooms summer/fall.

~~~ Black Gum ~~~

~~~ nyssa sylvatica ~~~

Black Gum Tree

Medium sized deciduous tree. Leaves turn orange, scarlet, purple in fall. Sun/part shade. Height 30-60 ft.

~~~ Bluebonnets ~~~

~~~ lupinus texensis ~~~

Bluebonnets

State flower of Texas. Annual. Full sun. Height to 2 ft. Blooms spring.

~~~ Bob McDonald's Red Oak ~~~

~~~ quercus shumardii ~~~

Bob McDonalds Red Oak Tree

Good tree for large sites. Fall color red-orange to orange. Height 60-80 ft. Moderate growth.

~~~ Brazilian Rock Rose ~~~

~~~ pavonia braziliensis ~~~

Brazilian Rock Rose

Drought tolerant shrub. Sun/part shade. Height to 3 ft. Blooms late spring/fall.

~~~ Bridal Wreath Spirea ~~~

~~~ spirea vanhoutel ~~~

Bridal Wreath Spirea

Deciduous shrub with arching branches. Sun/part shade. Height to 6 ft. Blooms spring.

~~~ Bronze Fennel ~~~

~~~ foeniculum vulgare ~~~

Bronze Fennel

Annual/biennial. Attractive to bees, butterflies, birds. Sun/part shade. Height to 4 ft. Blooms spring/summer.

~~~ Burgundy Leaf Canna Lily ~~~

~~~ canna x generalis ~~~

Burgundy Leaf Canna Lily

Sun/part shade. Height to 6 ft. Blooms summer/fall.

~~~ Bush Lespedeza ~~~

~~~ lespedeza thunbergii ~~~

Bush Lespedeza

Bush clover. Deciduous shrub. Sun/part shade. Height to 5 ft. Blooms summer/fall.

~~~ Butterfly Ginger ~~~

~~~ hedychium coronarium ~~~

Butterfly Ginger

Sweet, fragrant. Perennial, evergreen. Multiplies reliably. Full sun, part shade. Height 4-5 ft. Blooms summer/fall.

~~~ Butterfly Weed ~~~

~~~ asclepias tuberosa ~~~

Butterfly Weed

Drought tolerant. Full sun. Height 3-4 ft. Blooms May to September.

~~~ California Poppy ~~~

~~~ eschscholzia californica ~~~

California Poppy

Easy to grow, drought tolerant annual. Full sun. Height 4-12 in. Blooms Feb-Oct.

~~~ Camellia ~~~

~~~ camellia japonica ~~~

Camelia

Evergreen shrub. Partial shade. Height 5-6 ft. Blooms winter to spring.

~~~ Candlestick Tree ~~~

~~~ cassia alata ~~~

Candlestick Tree

Yellow flower bud before opening up resemble candles. Blooms summer/fall. Full sun. Germinate the seeds for next year. Usually an annual here. Height 5-8 ft.

~~~ Cappuccino Rudbeckia ~~~

~~~ rudbeckia hirta ~~~

Cappuccino Rudbeckia

Large orange-red flowers. Height 18-20 in. Blooms spring to fall.

~~~ Cassia Plant ~~~

~~~ cassia ~~~

Cassia Plant

Full sun, part shade. Height to 5 ft. Prolific bloomer spring/fall.

~~~ Chinese Pistache ~~~

~~~ pistacia chinensis ~~~

Chinese Pistache

Deciduous. Excellent shade tree. Brilliant orange-red to gold fall color. Sun. Height to 40 ft.

~~~ Cleyera ~~~

~~~ ternstroemia gymnanthera ~~~

Cleyera

Slow grower. Prefers dappled shade. Height to 8 ft. Blooms summer.

~~~ Color Guard Yucca ~~~

~~~ yucca filamentosa ~~~

Color Guard Yucca

Tough as nails. Ideal for no maintenance garden. Perennial with bright creamy yellow leaves and green edges. Full sun, part shade. Height 2-3 ft.

~~~ Copper Canyon Daisy ~~~

~~~ tagetes lemonii ~~~

Copper Canyon Daisy

Drought tolerant. Pungent fragrance. Full sun, part shade. Height to 6 ft. Blooms fall to frost.

~~~ Coral Drift Rose ~~~

~~~ rosa meidrifora ~~~

Coral Drift Rose

Excellent disease resistance. Full sun. Height to 18 in. Peach coral blooms spring to frost.

~~~ Coral Honeysuckle ~~~

~~~ lonicera sempervirens ~~~

Coral Honeysuckle

Evergreen vine. Full sun, part shade. Height to 20 ft. Blooms spring/summer.

~~~ Coreopsis ~~~

~~~ coreopsis ~~~

Coreopsis

Blooming ground cover. Sun to part shade Height 4 to 12 in. Yellow blooms spring/summer.

~~~ Cosmos ~~~

~~~ cosmos sulphureus ~~~

Cosmos

Sunflower family. Annual. Easily grown from seeds. Full sun, part shade. Height 2-4 ft. Blooms mid summer/frost.

~~~ Crapemyrtle ~~~

~~~ lageratroemia indica ~~~

Crape Myrtle

Bush/tree. Fall leaf color. Winter exfoliating bark. Sun/part shade. Height 18 in. to 35 ft. Blooms summer.

~~~ Creeping Phlox ~~~

~~~ phlox stolonifera ~~~

Creeping Phlox

Star-like purple blooms in spring. Full shade / part sun. Height to 10 in.

~~~ Crossvine ~~~

~~~ bignonia capreolata ~~~

Crossvine

Vine native to east Texas. Uses trellis. Part shade. Height 30-50 ft. Blooms spring/fall.

~~~ Desert Willow "Bubba" ~~~

~~~ chilopsis linearis ~~~

Desert Willow Bubba

Shrub or tree native to west Texas. Heat tolerant. Full sun. Height 15-40 ft. Blooms spring/fall.

~Desert Willow "Timeless Beauty"~

~~~ chilopsis linearis monhews ~~~

Desert Willow Timeless Beauty

Seedless cultivar that blooms longer. Drought resistant/tolerant. Sun/part shade. Height to 12 ft. Blooms spring to fall.

~~~ Desperado Sage ~~~

~~~ leucophyllum frutescens ~~~

Desperado Sage

Drought tolerant evergreen shrub. Full sun. Height 4 ft. Blooms summer/fall.

~~~ Dianthus / Pinks ~~~

~~~ dianthus ~~~

Dianthus

Sun/part shade. Height 6 to 18 in. Fragrant blooms May to October.

~~~ Duchess de Brabant Rose ~~~

~~~ rosa ~~~

Duchess de Brabant Rose

Tea rose. Earth kind. Very Fragrant. Height to 6ft. Blooms rose pink.

~~~Dwarf Mexican Petunia ~~~

~~~ ruellia brittoniana ~~~

Dwarf Mexican Petunia

Texas Superstar. Heat tolerant. Spreads quickly. Full sun/part shade. Height to 12 in. Blooms summer to frost.

~~~ Dwarf Mondo Grass ~~~

~~~ ophiopogon japonicus ~~~

Dwarf Mondo Grass

Sun to part shade. Height 4-6 in.

~~~ Dwarf Yaupon Holly ~~~

~~~ ilex vomitoria nana ~~~

Dwarf Yaupon Holly

Slow growing mounding shrub. Sun, part shade. Height 2 ft.

~~~ Elizabeth Salter day lily ~~~

~~~ hemerocallis ~~~

Elizabeth Salter day lily

Midseason rebloomer. Sun/part shade. Height to 2 ft. Large pink flowers.

~~~ Ellen bosanquet crinum ~~~

~~~ crinum ~~~

Ellen bosanquet crinum

Tough bulb offers burgundy flowers July to August. Sun/part shade. Height to 3 ft.

~~~ Esperanza ~~~

~~~ tecoma stans ~~~

Esperanza

Texas Superstar. Tender perennial. Sun. Height to 6 ft. Yellow blooms spring to fall.

~~~ Fall Aster ~~~

~~~ aster ~~~

Fall Aster

Hardy perennial. Full sun, part shade. Height 3-4 ft. Blooms late summer/fall.

~~~ Fire Power Nandina ~~~

~~~ nandina domestica ~~~

Fire Power Nandina

Commonly called Heavenly Bamboo. Broadleaf evergreen shrub. Full sun/ part shade. Height 2 ft.

~~~ Fire Spike ~~~

~~~ odontonema strictum ~~~

Fire Spike Nandina

Sun to part shade. Height 2 to 6 ft. Red blooms late summer to winter

~~~ Flapjack ~~~

~~~ Kalanchoe thyrsiflora ~~~

Kalanchoe

Oval evergreen succulent with fleshy oval red-margined, light green leaves. Annual. Full sun/part sun. Height to 3 ft.

~~~ Flowering Quince ~~~

~~~ chaenomeles japonica ~~~

Flowering Quince

Deciduous spiny shrub. Drought tolerant. Sun/part shade. Height 6-10 ft. Blooms late winter/early spring.

~~~ Forest Pansy Redbud ~~~

~~~ cercis canadensis ~~~

Forest Pansy Redbud

Deciduous tree. Scarlet-purple color to new foliage. Matures to maroon. Sun. Height to 20 ft. Rosy pink flowers early spring.

~~~ Frankston Flowering Peach ~~~

~~~ prunus persica ~~~

Frankston Flowering Peach tree

Deciduous tree. Self fertile. Sun. Height to 19 ft. Blooms spring.

~~~ Gaillardia/Indian Blanket ~~~

~~~ gaillardia pulchella ~~~

Gaillardia

Short lived perennial/annual. Full sun/part shade. Blooms May to August.

~~~ Gaura ~~~

~~~ gaura lindheimeri ~~~

Gaura

Native Texas perennial. Full sun/part shade. Height to 2 ft. Blooms spring to fall.

~~~ Gingko ~~~

~~~ gingko biloba ~~~

Gingko

Maidenhead tree. Leaves turn yellow in fall. Sun/part shade. Height to 66 ft.

~~~ Gulf Stream Nandina ~~~

~~~ nandina domestica ~~~

Gulf Stream Nandina

Heavenly Bamboo. Compact shrub. Intense red new growth. Sun/part shade. Height to 3 ft. Blooms spring/summer.

~~~ Henry Duelberg Salvia ~~~

~~~ salvia farinacea ~~~

Henry Duelberg Salvia

Texas Superstar. Drought tolerant, low maintenance. Full sun. Height 3 ft. Blooms late spring/mid fall.

~~~ Heritage Garlic ~~~

~~~ allium sativum ~~~

Heritage Garlic

Easy to grow. Decorative seed pods in Fall. Perennial. Full sun to part shade. Blooms spring/summer.

~~~ Juniper ~~~

~~~ juniper ~~~

Juniper

Hardy creeping shrub. Full sun/part shade.

~~~ Lamb's Ear ~~~

~~~ stachys byzantina ~~~

Lambs Ear

Makes rapidly spreading mat. Sun/part shade. Height 8-18 in. Blooms May to July.

~~~ Lantana ~~~

~~~ verbenaceae ~~~

Lantana

Perennial shrub. Sun/part shade. Height to 6 ft. Blooms summer to fall.

~~~ Larkspur ~~~

~~~ delphinium ~~~

Larkspur

TX Superstar. Reseeding winter annual. Height 3 ft. Blooms spring.

~~~ Lindheimer's Muhly Grass ~~~

~~~ muhlenbergia lindheimers ~~~

Lindheimers Muhly

Silvery seed heads. Texas native. Heat tolerant. Full sun. Height 2-5 ft. Blooms spring/summer.

~ Loropetalum / Chinese Fringe Flower ~

~~~ loropetalum chinese ~~~

Loropetalum

Evergreen shrub. Sun / part shade. Height 5 to 8 ft.

~~~ Louisiana Iris ~~~

~~~ iris spp ~~~

Louisiana Iris

Handles wet areas well. Full sun/part shade. Height to 3 ft. Blooms spring.

~~~ Mahogany Splendor Hibiscus ~~~

~~~ hibiscus acetosella ~~~

Mahogany Splendor Hibiscus

Poor mans Japanese Maple. Drought and heat resistant. Full sun. Height to 5 ft. Green/rust tones in greenhouse. Burgundy in full sun.

~~~ Marigold ~~~

~~~ tagetes ~~~

Marigold

Hardy, incredibly easy growing, reliable annual. Full sun. Height to 18 in.

~~~ Mars Madness Hibiscus ~~~

~~~ hibiscus ~~~

Mars Madness Hibiscus

9 inch blooms on top of copper-purple leaves. Full sun. Height to 4 ft. Blooms summer to fall.

~~~ Maxima Rudbeckia ~~~

~~~ rudbeckia maxima ~~~

Maxima Rudbeckia

Drought resistant. Full sun. Height 12 to 24 in. Blooms summer.

~~~ Mealy Cup Sage ~~~

~~~ salvia farinacea ~~~

Mealy Cup Sage

Large coneflower. Sun/light shade. Height 5 to 7 ft. Blooms summer.

~~~ Mexican Feather Grass ~~~

~~~ nassella tenuissima ~~~

Mexican Feather Grass

Drought tolerant. Sun/partial shade. Height 18 to 24 in. Blooms spring to fall.

~~~ Mexican Heather / False Heather ~~~

~~~ cuphea hyssopifolia ~~~

Mexican Heather

Tender perennial/annual. Full sun, part shade. Height 12-18 in. Blooms all year.

~~~ Mexican Mint Marigold ~~~

~~~ tagetes lucida ~~~

Mexican Mint Marigold

Spanish tarragon. Tender perennial. Licorice scent. Full sun. Height 2 ft. Blooms summer/fall.

~~~ Minnie Pearl Phlox ~~~

~~~ phlox carolina ~~~

Minnie Pearl Phlox

Sun/partial shade. Height 15 to 20 in. White blooms spring/summer.

~~~ Mock Orange / English Dogwood ~~~

~~~ philadelphus coronarius ~~~

Mock Orange

Deciduous shrub. Sun/part shade. Height to 10 ft. Sweet scented white flowers in spring.

~~~ Mondo Grass ~~~

~~~ ophiopogon japonicus ~~~

Mondo Grass

Easy care perennial. Sun/partial shade. Height 12 to 15 in. Blooms spring/summer.

~~~ Morning Glory Bush/Tree ~~~

~~~ ipomoea ~~~

Bush Morning Glory

Prolific bloomer. Low maintenance. Full sun/part shade. Propagation by stem cuttings easy. Toxic leaves, roots and fruits. Cut above ground and cover with mulch in this area. Height 6-12 ft.

~~~ Mutabilis Rose ~~~

~~~ rosa ~~~

Mutabilis Rose

China rose. Earth kind. Height to 10 ft. Blooms yellow, turns pink then red.

~~~ Nell Harvey Canna ~~~

~~~ canna x generalis ~~~

Nell Harvey Canna

Sun, part shade. Height to 8 ft. Blooms spring/fall.

~~~ Obedient Plant ~~~

~~~ physostegia virginiana ~~~

Obedient Plant

Perennial, mint family. Spreads easily. Sun, part shade. Height 1-4 ft. Blooms summer/fall.

~~~ Oxblood Lily / Schoolhouse Lily ~~~

~~~ rhodophiala bifida ~~~

Oxbow Lily

Full sun, part shade. Height 6-12 in. Blooms late summer/fall.

~~~ Peggy Martin Rose ~~~

~~~ rosa peggy martin ~~~

Peggy Martin Rose

Semi-thornless climber. Survived hurricane Katrina. Fragrant. Full sun. Height to 15 ft. Pink cluster blooms.

~~~ Perle d'Or Rose ~~~

~~~ rosa ~~~

Perle d'Or Rose

Polyantha. Earth kind. Very fragrant. Height to 4 ft. Apricot buds open to golden buff pink blooms.

~~~ Phlox ~~~

~~~ phlox paniculata ~~~

Phlox

Hardy through out Texas. Full sun, part shade. Height to 5 ft. Blooms summer/fall.

~~~ Pink Chinese Indigo ~~~

~~~ indigofera amblyantha ~~~

Pink Chinese Indigo

Deciduous low growing shrub. Full sun. Height 2-3 ft. Blooms summer/fall.

~~~ Pink Double Knock-out Rose ~~~

~~~ rosa radtkopink ~~~

Pink Double Knock-out Rose

Shrub rose. Low maintenance. Sun. Height to 4 ft. Blooms bubblegum pink spring to frost.

~~~ Pink Muhly Grass ~~~

~~~ muhlenbergia capillaris ~~~

Pink Muhly Grass

Herbaceous perennial. Drought tolerant. Easy to grow native ornamental grass. Full sun, part shade. Height 18-36 in. Blooms late summer/fall.

~~~ Plumbago ~~~

~~~ plumbago auriculata ~~~

Plumbago

Tender perennial. Sun/part shade. Height 3-4 ft. Blooms May to frost.

~~~ Poppy ~~~

~~~ papaver ~~~

Poppy

Sun loving Hardy annual. Does not transplant well. Self sows where contented. Gray-green foliage Height to 4 ft. Blooms late spring.

~~~ Popcorn Drift Rose ~~~

~~~ rosa novarospop ~~~

Popcorn Drift Rose

Yellow fading to creamy white. Full sun. Height to 18 in. Blooms spring to frost.

~~~ Purple Coneflower ~~~

~~~ echinacea purpurea ~~~

Purple Coneflower

Aster family. Full sun, part shade. Height 2-5 ft. Blooms late spring/fall.

~~~ Purple Jasmine ~~~

~~~ cestrum elegans ~~~

Purple Jasmine

Sun/part shade. Height 4-6 ft. Fragrant blooms spring to fall.

~~~ Rainbow Knock-out Rose ~~~

~~~ rosa radtko ~~~

Rainbow-Rose

Earth kind shrub rose. Sun. Height to 4 ft. Coral pink blooms with yellow centers.

~~~ Red Double Knock-out Rose ~~~

~~~ rosa radtko ~~~

Red Double Knock-out Rose

Shrub rose. Low maintenance. Resistant to black spot. Sun. Height to 4 ft. Blooms spring to frost.

~~~ Red Oak ~~~

~~~ quercus shumardii ~~~

Red Oak Tree

Good tree for large sites. Fall color red-orange to orange. Height 60-80 ft. Moderate growth.

~~~ Red Oleander ~~~

~~~ nerium oleander ~~~

Red Oleander

Evergreen shrub. Sun. Height to 12 ft. Blooms summer to fall.

~~~ Root Beer Plant ~~~

~~~ piper auritum ~~~

Root Beer Plant

Large leafed perennial. Related to pepper plant. Leaves can have spicy aromatic scent. Hardy to 32 degrees F. Will regrow from roots. Part/Full shade. Height to 6 ft.

~~~ Savannah Holly Tree ~~~

~~~ ilex x attenuate ~~~

Savannah Holly

Full sun, part shade. Height to 35 ft. Fall and winter heavy clusters of red berries.

~~~ Saw Tooth Oak ~~~

~~~ quercus acutissima ~~~

Saw Tooth Oak

Attractive durable shade tree. Fairly fast grower. Sun. Height to 60 ft. Leaves golden in spring.

~~~ Shrimp Plant ~~~

~~~ justicia brandegeana ~~~

Shrimp Plant

Easy to grow and not usually bothered by pests. Full sun, part shade. Height 3-5 ft.

~~~ Snowball Viburnum ~~~

~~~ viburnum opulus ~~~

Snowball Viburnum

Masses of large pure white bloom clusters in spring/summer. Sun to part shade. Height to 12 ft.

~~~ Society Garlic ~~~

~~~ tulbaghia violacea ~~~

Society Garlic

Attractive ornamental. Leaves have garlicky odor. Sun. Height to 24 in. Blooms for months.

~~~ Spice Rose ~~~

~~~ rosa ~~~

Spice Rose

China rose. Earth kind. Fragrant. Height to 5 ft. Blooms blush pink.

~~~ Spider Lily / Surprise Lily ~~~

~~~ lycoris radiata ~~~

Spider Lily

Bulb, does not produce seeds. Full sun, part shade. Height 12-15 in. Blooms fall.

~~~ Spirea ~~~

~~~ spiraea japonica ~~~

Spirea Japonica

Deciduous shrub. Sun/part shade. Height to 6 ft. Pink blooms spring to summer.

~~~ Stella De Oro ~~~

~~~ hemerocallis.stella de oro ~~~

Stella De Oro Daylily

Gold reblooming daylily. Full sun, part shade. Height to 12 in.

~~~ Stonecrop "Angelina" ~~~

~~~ sedum ~~~

Stonecrop

Low maintenance. Full sun, part shade. Height 2-4 in. Yellow blooms late spring.

~~~ Sweet Olive ~~~

~~~ osmanthus fragrans ~~~

Sweet Olive

Large slow growing shrub. Fragrant. Morning sun, afternoon shade. Height 6 ft. Blooms most of the year.

~~~ Tatarian Daisy ~~~

~~~ aster tataricus ~~~

Tatarian Daisy

Full sun, part shade. Height 3-5 ft. Blooms fall.

~~~Texas Star Hibiscus ~~~

~~~ hibiscus coccineus ~~~

Texas Star Hibiscus

Grows rapidly. Sun. Height to 7 ft. Blooms June to October.

~~~Turks Cap ~~~

~~~ malvaviscus arboreus ~~~

Turks Cap

Herbaceous perennial. Drought tolerant. Heat tolerant. Sun/part shade/shade. Height 2-3 ft. Blooms May - Nov.

~~~Twist of Lime Abelia ~~~

~~~ abelia x grandiflora ~~~

Twist of Lime Abelia

Evergreen shrub. Sun/part shade. Spring leaves green and yellow. Later in year, green and ivory. White flowers.

~~~ Verbena on a Stick ~~~

~~~ verbena bonariensis ~~~

Verbena on a Stick

Self seeds readily. Full sun. Height 3-4 ft. Blooms summer/fall.

~~~ Viola ~~~

~~~ viola ~~~

Viola

Self-seeding annual with nickel sized flowers marked with purple, yellow and white. Sun/part shade. Height to 7 in. Cool season bloomer.

~~~ Vitex Tree / Chaste Tree ~~~

~~~ vitex agnus-castus ~~~

Vitex

Deciduous. Tough and hardy. Height to 15 ft. Blooms spring, re-blooms late summer/fall.

~~~ Wild Flowering Pear ~~~

~~~ pyrus calleryana ~~~

Wild Flowering Pear

Ornamental tree. Drought tolerant. Sun. Height to 30 ft. Prolific white blooms in spring.

~~~ Wine Cup ~~~

~~~ callirhoe involucrata ~~~

Wine Cup

Texas native sprawling perennial. Hardy, drought tolerant. Height 6-18 in. Blooms Feb - July.

~~~ Winter Honeysuckle ~~~

~~~ lonicera fragrantissima ~~~

Winter Honeysuckle

Drought tolerant. Sun/part shade. Height 4-6 ft. Blooms winter to spring.

~~~ Yarrow ~~~

~~~ achillea ~~~

White Yarrow

Delicate grayish foliage. Full sun, part shade. Blooms spring/fall.

~~~ Zinnia ~~~

~~~ zinnia elegans ~~~

Zinnia

Annual. Prolific bloomer. Plant in spring. Full sun, part shade. Height to 40 in. Blooms summer/fall.

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Becoming A Master Gardener

The Master Gardener training class is offered at Trinity Valley Community College usually from Aug to Dec. The classes are held on Fridays from 9am to 2pm. Classes for 2016 will begin Sept 2 with Lydia Holley as the instructor. The deadline for registration is Aug 19, 2016. For more information contact Sharla Paris at the Henderson County Extension office at 903-675-6130.

About the Texas Master Gardener Program

When the term "Master Gardener" was first coined in the early 1970s to describe a new Extension program in Washington State, few could have predicted it would spread into Texas and blossom into one of the most effective volunteer organizations in the State. The annual reports, history, and management guide chronicles the development, activities and impact of the Texas Master Gardener program, now known to be the largest in the nation.

Who are Texas Master Gardeners?

Master Gardeners are members of the local community who take an active interest in their lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens. They are enthusiastic, willing to learn and to help others, and able to communicate with diverse groups of people. What really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture. In exchange for their training, persons who become Master Gardeners contribute time as volunteers, working through their Extension office to provide horticultural-related information to their communities.

Is the Master Gardener Program for Me?

To help you decide if you should apply to be a Master Gardener, ask yourself these questions:

Training

If accepted into the Master Gardener program in your county, you will attend a Master Gardener training course. Classes are taught by Texas AgriLife Extension specialists, agents, and local experts. The program offers a minimum of 50 hours of instruction that covers topics including lawn care, ornamental trees and shrubs, insect, disease, and weed management; soils and plant nutrition, vegetable gardening; home fruit production; garden flowers; and water conservation. The training is offered at various times during the year at various locations across the state. Check with your County Extension office for specific locations, dates, and times.

Volunteer Commitment

In exchange for training, participants are asked to volunteer time to their County Extension program. At least 50 hours of volunteer service within one year following the training is required to earn the title of "Texas Master Gardener." The type of service done by Master Gardeners varies according to community needs, and the abilities and interests of the Master Gardeners. Some Master Gardeners answer telephone requests for information related to gardening. Others staff plant clinics or displays in shopping malls or community centers. Master Gardeners may speak to local groups and conduct workshops. They may help establish community garden projects, work with 4-H youth, or assist their agent with news or radio releases related to gardening. The Master gardener Coordinator in the County Extension office decides how volunteer time can be best utilized. Master Gardeners are representatives of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas A&M System. In all volunteer work related to the program, Master Gardeners follow the research-based recommendations of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. The title "Texas Master Gardener" can be used by volunteers only when engaged in Extension-sponsored activities.

Certification

Participants become certified Master Gardeners after they have completed the training course and fulfilled their volunteer commitment.