Joette Reger's archive

Big, bright and beautiful verbena is a great easy-to-care-for addition to your yard or patio. It thrives in our heat. It is enamored with the sun. And its continual color will make your garden sparkle until autumn’s frosty weather.

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In the quest to convert your yard from a water-hungry (albeit lovely) sprawl of green St. Augustine grass to one which is less demanding, you could consider growing edibles in a portion of that space. How about blackberries for a start? They are naturally occurring along fence lines along the walking path at the Chris Quinn Soccer Fields and in lots of rural fields around town. How delicious to pick and eat!

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Not a glamorous subject, but one close to the hearts of any true gardener is fertilizer. When should we “feed the soil”? When should we give a boost to those struggling vegetables in the garden?

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There are so many varieties of the poppy flower, and they are all gorgeous. This brightly flowering plant has huge blooms in red, pink, yellow, purple and shades in between. Most readily available in local nurseries seems to be the Oriental poppy and the California poppy.

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Some of the most popular annual bedding plants used by gardeners are impatiens. They are ideal for growing where you want color in your yard but you have lots of shade. There are so many types and colors of traditional impatiens. The eye-catching variegated white blooming Painted Paradise White is just stunning, as are the double-bloomed varieties.

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