Category Archives: The Home Garden

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    Garden Potato

    Posted on March 6, 2017 by Kristin in Great for Kids, The Home Garden.

    Solanum tuberosum, more commonly referred to as Garden Potato, is a cool season vegetable hardy in zones 1 to 7, or most of the continental United States. Potatoes produce best when planted in early spring with warm days and cools nights. Potato is a common culinary vegetable but is often overlooked by home gardeners, which […]

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  • Plants for Fall and Winter Edible Gardens

    Posted on August 5, 2016 by Kristin in First Time Landscape Owners, Great for Kids, Landscape Plant Material, The Home Garden.

    HDG Landscape Design’s tried and true winter edible garden can be contained in a single large landscape pot. Using the thriller, filler, and spiller method, I like to plant a Meyer Lemon tree as a central focal point, a ring of bright green Butter Lettuce surrounding, 3 trailing Rosemary spaced evenly at the edge of […]

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    Mexican Feather Grass

    Posted on August 1, 2016 by Kristin in First Time Landscape Owners, Great for Kids, Landscape Plant Material, Texas Natives, Texas Superstar, The New Homeowner.

    Nassella tenuissima, more often known as Mexican Feather Grass is a common ornamental grass in Texas landscapes and still referred to Stipa tenuissima by some authorities. This perennial grass can reach 24” to 36” in height and 15” to18” in width. Ornamental grasses in general are grown for a texture and interesting foliage. Mexican Feather Grass […]

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    Fuyu Persimmon

    Posted on June 9, 2016 by Kristin in Landscape Plant Material, The Home Garden.

    Diospyros kaki ‘Fuyu’, more often known as Fuyu Persimmon, is a highly sought after variety of Persimmon due to the sweet, non-astringent taste.  You will often find Persimmon fruit to be an astringent variety in most commercial stores. There is a small ripe window for Persimmon, so, if you’ve purchased an astringent variety, then it […]

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    Lamb’s Ear

    Posted on December 14, 2015 by Kristin in Great for Kids, Landscape Plant Material.

    If you are looking for a deer resistant, low maintenance and drought tolerant evergreen ground cover (zones 8-10) or perennial (zones 4-7), Lamb’s Ear is the ideal plant for you.  Resembling the down-turned, soft ears of a lamb, Stachys byzantine, commonly called Lamb’s ear, is a low growing, soft textured perennial with fuzzy, greenish-silver leaves. […]

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    Cucumber

    Posted on July 24, 2014 by Kristin in Great for Kids, The Home Garden.

    Cucumbers, or Cucumis sativus, are a great selection for home gardening and come in two types: slicing and pickling. Cucumbers can seem to take up a lot of space due to their 4 to 6 foot vines, but if grown vertically on sturdy panels they take up less space and can prove to be one […]

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    Reasons to Live in Houston – Summer – From a Gardening Perspective

    Posted on September 11, 2013 by Kristin in The Home Garden.

    Summer Frequent summer rains allow for easier garden maintenance and supplemental watering is required only every other day with no rainfall.  If you have irrigation in your garden area, then watering is even easier especially while you are on vacation. My recommendation is to leave your garden at ground level instead of using a typical […]

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    Reasons to Live in Houston – Spring – From a Gardening Perspective

    Posted on September 10, 2013 by Kristin in The Home Garden.

    Spring Early spring is the perfect opportunity for fruit tree planting. Peaches, Loquat, Kiwi, Fig, Pomegranate, Blueberries, and more fruiting trees and shrubs are best planted in the early Spring to avoid the stresses of summer and winter on the plant before they are established. Blackberries are in full bloom for weeks before fruiting. You […]

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    Mammoth Sunflower

    Posted on June 11, 2013 by Kristin in Great for Kids, Landscape Plant Material, The Home Garden.

    Varieties of Helianthus are my favorite summer flowering plants. If you are not known for your green thumb, then this may soon become your favorite garden flower as well. The Mammoth Sunflower is a particularly interesting variety as it will grow over 10 feet tall with flower centers reaching over 8″ in diameter. If you […]

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    Blackberry – Rubus fruticosus

    Posted on June 4, 2013 by Ashley in Landscape Plant Material, Texas Superstar, The Home Garden.

    Rubus fruticosus, commonly known as the Blackberry shrub, naturally grows throughout the UK.  Other species that are more naturalized in North America, include the Rubus laciniatus and Rubus armeniacus. This deciduous perennial shrub can be planted in full sun, and the fruiting canes are best managed along a fence line. Even though the Blackberry shrub is […]

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