LOUISIANA ARTICLE ARCHIVE

Below you will find our growing collection of Louisiana-specific articles. Enjoy!

ALMOSTA RANCH

Story and Photos by A.J. Heinsz-Bailey In 1978, Charlotte Fanz found the perfect property to call home. It was a 4-acre tract with a cottage and a pasture and plenty of room for native plants, which are Charlotte’s favorites. It reminded her of the cattle ranch she grew up on. She brought her family to …

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TIAWAN CHERRY TREE

Story and Photos by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon The sight of the masses of hot pink flowers that cover the bare branches of Taiwan cherry trees in late winter definitely chases the blues away. Hummingbirds, honeybees, and butterflies hurry to sip the nectar. Small cherries soon follow and before they fully ripen, songbirds gobble them up. …

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PLAN TO PLANT

Think about what you really want and plan it out before you dig By Dan Gill Louisiana gardeners are often told that the key to gardening success is planting the right plant in the right place. Although this sounds relatively simple, a lot goes into the decision of what plants should be used and where …

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NATIVE PIEDMONT AZALEA

By Yvonne Lelong Bordelon The beautiful fragrant flower clusters of native Piedmont azalea put on a show in early spring just as the leaves are emerging. These hardy, deciduous shrubs, which grow along creeks, swamps, bluffs, and in moist flatwoods, can form colonies and will also hybridize readily with other native Rhododendron species. In the …

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SPANISH TOWN PERSONALITY

By Yvonne Lelong Bordelon The delightful Spanish Town garden of Lloyd Wardrip and Archie Obregon, which was one of the four gardens featured in Hilltop Arboretum’s Spring Garden Tour in Baton Rouge, is an imaginative harmony of color, texture, and form. Their extensive collection of more than 200 container plants, inground shrubs and trees, and …

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THE SLEEPY LANDSCAPE

Louisiana landscapes are neither totally bleak nor lifeless during winter By Dan Gill Overall, Louisiana landscapes sleep restlessly over the winter. We certainly don’t see the sound slumber that is typical for gardens in climates that are considerably colder than ours. In cold climates, landscape plants hunker down and hope for a blanket of snow …

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TEA PLANT

Story and Photography by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon As a tea lover, I am pleased to report that the tea plant (Camellia sinensis), which is the source of white, green, black, oolong and also fermented teas, can be grown in Louisiana. The attractive shrub’s dark evergreen leaves and fragrant white flowers do well in the landscape …

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MORE THAN MULCH

MORE THAN MULCH What to plant under trees in your landscape Story and Photography by Jennifer Williams As you walk through a forest, you may notice the layer of leaf litter and other plant debris covering the forest floor, but what you more than likely will not notice is the diversity of plants growing under …

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SPRING FEVER

You don’t need a doctor to tell you the treatment By Dan Gill There is a malady that affects gardeners every year in the spring. Symptoms usually begin to appear around March, although I’m so badly affected I often detect an early onset in February. By the time April arrives, you can stop by any …

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