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Artistic, Sustainable Design + Mountain Cedar Love

We’ve got some eager plants out there! Thanks to this warm winter, Fuschia sage (Salvia buchanaii) at Zilker Botanical Garden feeds all the pollinators I saw zooming around. Many plants haven’t frozen back, but you know we’ve got to prune them in the next six weeks for top performance and beauty this spring. I do | read more →

Top Tips: Fruit Trees

What an astonishing winter! Near my house in East Austin, an over-the-top satsuma defies frosty mornings. I bet the family’s got a ladder up this weekend to pick the rest. Last week, I lucked into something I’d never seen in winter: a Rufous hummingbird nectaring on shrimp plants in a San Marcos garden. Nearby, plump | read more →

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Mountain Cedar: Why to Love the Tree You Love to Hate

air date: January 19, 2019

Achoo! Do mountain cedars make you see red? Hey, they’re just doing their job like other trees, grasses, and wildflowers. Landscape designer and ecologist Elizabeth McGreevy explores their value to our holistic ecology, ways to alleviate allergies, and how to prune for fire safety. Watch for her tell-all book in August 2019, Wanted! Mountain Cedar: Dead and Alive! On tour in cedar country, artist Claudia Reese of Cera-Mix Studio respected her native plants when she built her compressed earth house and rainwater collection, detailed with her signature mosaic designs. Weather swings from record highs to frosty temps make winter tricky for plants: Daphne explains why. Plus, find out how to grow drought-tough, easy-care screening Lady Banks rose. Make free plants with Herb n’ Cowgirl Ann McCormick’s demo on propagating woody stemmed plants!

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January To Do List

This month's tips for how to care for your plants, pruning, fertilizing, lawn care, and preping for your garden. Read the entire to do list.

Plant of the Week

Lady Banks Rose

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