LOUISIANA ARTICLE ARCHIVE

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

SUPERTUNIA VISTA BUBBLEGUM PETUNIA

Story and Photos by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon Supertunia Vista Bubblegum and the others in the Vista series are wonder-plants for hot, humid Louisiana gardens. They are said to be the best petunia for landscapes. Vistas exhibit vigorous growth, are heat tolerant, disease resistant, and don’t require deadheading for continuous blooms from spring through fall. These …

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LOOKING BACK

A nostalgic take on Louisiana gardens Story and Photos by Jennifer Williams Creating a garden with a nostalgic look is a very personal project. The task of recreating a memory can be daunting but beautiful, as the process takes you back to the plants of your favorite memories. A tiny pink rose, tucked into the …

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SECRET GARDEN a la LOUISIANNE

A hidden jewel in Baton Rouge Story and Photos by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon Tucked away along one of the tree-lined streets of Old Goodwood in Baton Rouge is a southern style hidden jewel that brings to mind the beauty of the classic children’s story, The Secret Garden. Visiting the enchanting garden of Chris and Sharon …

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BACKYARD BLUES

Growing your own blueberries in the home garden By A.J. Heinsz-Bailey Why should you grow your own blueberries? Blueberry bushes have masses of white flowers in spring. In early summer, the bright blue fruits are delicious – and the plants have no thorns, making them easy to pick – and in the fall the foliage …

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BRINGING UP BASIL

Grow your own basil in the home garden By A.J. Heinsz-Bailey One of the most revered flavors of the summer herb garden is the annual herb basil (Ocimum basilicum). When one thinks of basil, the first thought that usually comes to mind is traditional Italian pesto. Basil has also been used in African, Asian, and …

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TAME THE WILD

Ten native shrubs and perennial plants to build a beautiful landscape Story and Photos by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon If you’d like to create a beautiful landscape that is also easy to maintain, consider giving native shrubs and perennials a try. Native doesn’t necessarily mean wild and unruly. There are hundreds of showy, hardy, low-maintenance indigenous …

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GARDENING ON A BUDGET

Story and Photos by A.J. Heinsz-Bailey Three years ago, high school sweethearts became a married couple and then a new house with a bare yard became a garden on a budget. Sky and Tiffany Barker are creating a great garden a little at a time by doing it themselves. Parents and grandparents are nearby for …

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AN ANCIENT TRADITION

Planting in containers may go back farther than you think Story by Dan Gill April is a great month to move container plants that spent the winter indoors outside for the summer. The weather in Louisiana is warm and settled and the chance of freezes ends this month for the entire state. Have you ever …

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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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