Joette Reger's archive

Local gardeners have had high hopes and entered the Jefferson County Fruit, Herb and Vegetable Show for 40 years running. This year’s winners did not disappoint. Jefferson County Horticultural Committee members and Jefferson County Master Gardeners deserve all the credit for another year of this wonderful event.

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It’s not often that a bush has both berries and blooms on it at the same time. A recent forage into a local garden center has reminded of the Durnata erecta. This sprawling tender evergreen plant can put on quite a show if you treat it right. You may know this showy beauty by some of its nicknames like Pigeon Berry, Golden Dewdrop or Skyflower.

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We gardeners are often looking for those plants that can give some structure and beauty and color to the yard but don’t grow as large as a tree. The wonderful Aggie Superstar group called “Woody Shrubs” might have just what you are looking for among its choices. These are plants chosen by horticulturists all over Texas for their drought-tolerance, lack of disease issues and beauty, among other things.

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