LOUISIANA ARTICLE ARCHIVE

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

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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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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EGYPTIAN STARFLOWER

Story and Photos by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon ‘Nova’ and ‘Pink Remembrance’ pentas, also known as Egyptian starflowers, are introduced flowering plants that bring hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees to the garden in droves. These hardy, vigorous beauties with 3-4-inch clusters of star-shaped flowers were recognized by the LSU AgCenter as “Plants with Potential.” ‘Nova’ and ‘Pink …

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FROM STUDENT TO TEACHER

Dr. Charlie Johnson By Kathryn Fontenot Gardening is challenging. Storms, diseases, herds of insects, and unidentifiable problems lurk out there. The unpredictability and the constant need to prevent or overcome hurdles is why it is absolutely imperative that all gardeners learn from one another.  Dr. Charlie Johnson has shared his experiences with many budding gardeners …

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SHOWSTOPPERS

15 “cool” plants you can grow in Louisiana Story and Photography by Richelle Stafne I love visiting other people’s gardens to see what they are growing. It’s especially fun when I find new and interesting plants, or plants that I had forgotten. Even in my own garden it brings joy to hear someone say, “Ooh, …

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AVOIDING FAILURE TO THRIVE

Sometimes a plant’s failure is obvious … sometimes not so much By Dan Gill I love lazy June days when it’s too hot to work in the garden. The temperatures are not quite as torrid as they will be later on. And that certain desperation that comes as scorching day follows scorching day has not …

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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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LEMON BOTTLEBRUSH

Story and Photos by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon There are several species of Callistemon that will grow in Louisiana, but in my opinion the eye-catching lemon bottlebrush is the most tolerant of temperature extremes and poor soil. The large, red, bottlebrush-shaped flowers attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and nectar-feeding songbirds such as orioles and prothonotary warblers. Bottlebrush …

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FALLING FOR PERSIMMONS

Story and Photography by A.J. Heinsz-Bailey It’s the end of October, not much is happening in the garden …  then you see them. Little orange pumpkin-like fruit hanging on a spectacular small tree dressed in vibrant red and orange leaves. Barely noticed in summer, they’re now the highlight of your yard. The genus name of …

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