LOUISIANA ARTICLE ARCHIVE

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

WHITE SPIDER LILY

Story and Photos By Yvonne Lelong Bordelon Native swamp spider lily (Hymenocallis occidentalis) is a moisture-loving perennial plant that sports clusters of 6-8-inch, ghostly white, richly fragrant flowers. The gorgeous spring blooms also attract pollinators, including hummingbirds, and the plants are highly deer resistant. Who could ask for more? In the wild, this easy-to-grow member …

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RADISHES

An easy addition to your vegetable garden Story and Photos by A.J. Heinsz-Bailey What vegetable is often overlooked, easy to grow and comes in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes?  If you guessed “radish” you would be correct. The word Radish comes from the Latin word “radix” which means “root”.  The first known radishes …

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Turk's Cap

GIANT TURK’S CAP

Story and Photos by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon Giant Turk’s cap is the larger tropical cousin of the popular hummingbird and butterfly plant, Turk’s cap (Malvaviscus arboreus). The bright red, 2-inch flowers of giant Turk’s cap droop downward and never fully open. This multi-stemmed, low-maintenance tropical evergreen shrub is deer resistant and drought tolerant. Use it …

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THE GREAT FALL BATTLE

Resolving Brussels sprout and red cabbage garden mysteries By Kathryn Fontenot Louisiana fall gardens almost always include cabbage plants. Whether you grow them for nourishment, coleslaw, eggrolls, relish, or salads … or perhaps to throw in St Patrick’s Day Parades, they are generally a staple crop of fall gardens. In general, Louisiana gardeners can grow …

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UNDER THE BRIDGE

Utilizing footbridges and creeks in the garden Story and Photos by A.J. Heinsz-Bailey Generally speaking, water has never been a problem for Louisiana gardeners. Sometimes, however, what to do with all the water can be a challenge for us. In northern parts of the state, we have hills, and down south, we have lowlands. Working …

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OUTDOOR HANGOUTS

Creating cozy outdoor rooms in your landscape Story and Photography by Meaghan Clark “Putting together a great outdoor space is like fitting together pieces of a puzzle,” says Kenny Rabalais of The Plant Gallery in New Orleans. With lighting, sounds, water features, outdoor seating, pathways, and lush gardens to consider, it is a task that …

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WHITE-FLOWERING TURNERA

Story and Photography Yvonne Lelong Bordelon White-flowering turnera is a useful ornamental native to tropical America. These sturdy shrubs are adaptable to many growing conditions and are drought and salt tolerant once established. The showy white flowers are pollinator magnets – especially to honeybees, bumblebees, and butterflies – making it a welcome addition to 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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MOVING ON

Do you get overly attached to your plants? Story by Dan Gill I’ve attended several funerals in recent years. I guess as you get older that sort of thing is inevitable. Dealing with the death of a friend or loved one is never easy. The rituals and traditions that have been developed over time are …

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