Salvia elegens 'Golden Delicious' pineapple sage in front of my red fountain. #nofilter

Tropical plants, a hot summer garden’s best friend

Next to colorful annuals, tropical plants are a hot summer garden’s best friend. In Oklahoma and much of the middle South, tropical plants are grown successfully as annuals. Yes, in a mid-south climate, they die at winter’s end, but that’s okay. If you take cuttings, you can keep your favorites going year...

Zinnias with purple chairs.

Annuals are flashy garden accessories

If perennials are the little black dresses of the garden world, then annuals are gardening’s flashy accessories. They bring color to our lives. They brighten up shady spots. They bloom their entire seasons, cool or warm, with very little help from us. Please don’t leave annuals out of your planting design....

April Moon rose

Garden Holes of Opportunity

From several conversations I’ve had with gardeners lately, I know you’re worried about my roses. I’m worried too, but I am trying to take a proactive approach toward Rose Rosette Disease without letting it upset me too much. I’ve cried and stamped my feet enough. I’m calling the spots...

An unknown dahlia. I overwintered it in the greenhouse. Dahlias are so slow to start blooming, don't you think?

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: October

Good morning or afternoon depending upon when I get this October edition of Garden Bloggers Bloom Day posted. Thank you to Carol from May Dreams Gardens who makes this fun possible. A few days ago, I profiled plants for pollinators, and I’ll try not to rehash those blooms, but I...

'Chickasaw' compact crapemyrtle with honeybee. Can you see how full her pollen sacks are?

Planting fall-blooming flowers for pollinators

What should you plant for pollinators to bloom during the late show–that short or long time period between hot, hot days and the first freeze? Worked into this post are my favorite fall-blooming flowers for pollinators. Many of these were chosen specifically to extend the bloom season as long as...

Talavera pumpkins and other fall decorations. | Red Dirt Ramblings-2

Fall front door decor

Fall is a time of renewal in southern gardens. It’s also a time to change your front door decor. Foliage color changes, cool weather plants like pansies, asters and mums, less intense sun, and cooler mornings make any gardener in a hot climate sigh with relief. When I hired landscaping help...

Closeup of Gaura lindheimeri 'Kleau04263' Belleza

Wildflower Wednesday Gaura

On this Wildflower Wednesday, I want to promote the sweet genus gaura. G. coccinea, Scarlet beeblossom, is native to many states. Other species of gaura are native to the southern U.S., but there are also gaura selections and hybrids sold in nurseries and box stores. I grow several “improved” selections of this native...