July 20, 2011

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Save money on perennials now!

By Jay White
Freelance Writer

This may sound funny, but I hate buying plants. You see, I am cheap and plants are expensive. Even though I love getting new plants for the garden, I just cannot bring myself to pay what most nurseries want for their plants. Don’t get me wrong. I know a lot about the horticultural world and I know very well how much it costs to grow, market and ship a plant. The horticultural world has done a great job at keeping the prices for their products down. In fact, when you adjust for inflation, there has been no real growth in the price of bedding plants in the last 10 years. However, I still hate paying full price. So, I don’t. I am constantly on the lookout for ways to increase my garden without depleting my checking account.

In the last month, I have purchased a lovely 7’ foot tall, three trunked Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus), two 7’ ornamental plum trees (Prunus cerasifera), two huge Southern wax myrtles (Myrica cerifera), three one-gallon pots of variegated New Zealand flax (Phormium ‘Rainbow Queen’), three one-gallon Purple Fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’) and a one-gallon Broom plant (Genista racemosa). While the list may or may not be impressive to you, what I paid for it should be. I purchased all of these plants from the big boxes and I paid just $56! That is not a typo. I purchased five large trees and several large bedding plants for just $56. That averages out to just $5.10 per plant. How can that be?

I wish I could say that I was a master negotiator and I talked the owners of Walmart and Lowe’s into selling me these fabulous plants for this ridiculously low price. However, that would be a lie. What really happened is this: Lowe’s and Walmart are closing out their overstock from their spring buying. I just happened to be in the stores when this was happening.

Post season close outs happen twice a year at every nursery in America. If you want to get the good deals, then you need to pay attention to when the stores receive their new stock — and then buy at another time. In most of Texas, spring stock usually arrives around late February or early March and the fall shipments start coming by late August. Armed with this knowledge, you can save a lot of money by purchasing your plants off peak.

If you buy off-season, you need to keep a few things in mind. First, you can realistically only buy perennials off-season. Annuals (which usually mean spring and fall color) are only good for a short season. It will not do you any good to buy pansies in July or mums in January. However, if want a good deal on loropetalum or New Zealand flax, then you can buy and plant them anytime of the year. With a little care, you can plant perennials after their off-peak selling season and they will become beautiful, well established plantings in next year’s garden.

If you buy off-season, you will have limited availability. If there is a particular plant that you want and it absolutely has to be that plant, then you probably shouldn’t gamble that it will still be there at the end of the season. Go ahead and buy it. I have done it and there is no shame in paying retail. However, if you garden more by form and color than by specific plant, there is a good chance you will find many things left in the nursery at the end of the season that will work somewhere in your garden.

One of my beds has wound up with a lot of purples in it: fall asters, liatrus and castor bean. So I needed some yellow to compliment and break up all of that purple. That is why I bought the variegated New Zealand flax. The light-green and yellow foliage and the upright, grass-like form will be a great contrast to the mounding asters and the spiky liatrus. This flax was $7.99 in March. I bought it for $2 in June.

Another problem with off-season plants is the fact that they have been in the pot for so long. When you remove these plants from their pots, many will be completely root bound. That is no problem to the experienced gardener. If you buy a root-bound plant, simply unwind what you can and trim off the rest. The plant will actually thank you for this. Also remember that the top of the plant should be in balance with the bottom. If you cut many of the roots you will need to prune the top as well.

Finally, if you buy off-season you are going to have to give these plants a little extra TLC once they are planted. When they are in the ground, make sure they receive enough water to keep them from going into stress. If you give them a little extra care, they will grow and thrive just like the plants that your neighbors bought in season and paid full retail for.

There are many, many beautiful things to buy in the nursery. I wish I could afford them all. Because I can’t, I buy what I can off-season. If you are willing to wait and are flexible in your design and willing to give your off-season purchases a little extra TLC, then you can have a very full and beautiful garden that didn’t drain your bank account!

A cluster of crape myrtles on the west side of the SMU Dedman Life Science Building not only provides shade, but the drought- and heat-tolerant trees also need little upkeep during extreme summer heat. Other low-maintenance plants in a nearby bed are, from left, coneflower, yarrow, miscanthus grass, dianthus, scabiosa, mums and candlestick plant. “These are all fairly drought tolerant and require the same watering,” says SMU Landscape Manager Kevin Dilliard. “This bed also shows what differentperennials with different flowering times can do to lengthen seasonal interest. It’s somewhat like an English garden in an urban setting.” (Photo by Clayton Smith/SMU)

SMU’s landscape pro: 5 ways to manage extreme heat and drought

Southern Methodist University

In gardening and landscaping, there’s one rule of (green) thumb: “Mother Nature wins every time,” says SMU Landscape Manager Kevin Dilliard. “You don’t want to fight the conditions you have. You have to work with what you’ve got.”

Dilliard oversees the SMU Dallas campus’ 175 acres, recognized as one of the most beautiful university grounds in the country in spite of North Texas’ extreme soil and weather variations.

When triple-digit temperatures and lack of rain wreak havoc on your home landscape, Dilliard recommends the same five steps he uses to keep the campus looking good:

1. Plant the right plant in the right place. Use plants that are native or adaptive for your specific area of the state. Check the planting labels for proper directions. “Don’t force a plant to grow where you know it will not survive,” Dilliard advises.

2. Group plants that have the same watering requirements together so you don’t waste water or over-water.

3. Water deeply and infrequently to force plant roots down into the soil. “This helps the plants survive during drought,” he says.

4. Use a good covering of mulch around and under the plants to help retain moisture and keep plant roots cooler.

5. Set mowers at the highest recommended height for your type of grass. “This will reduce the stress on the turf and help shade the roots,” Dilliard says. The suggested highest-setting mowing heights for the most common grasses during the summer season are:

  • Bermuda, 1.5 inches
  • St. Augustine, 3 inches
  • Zoysia, 2 inches
  • Tall fescue, 3 inches

Dilliard offers his favorite drought-tolerant plants below, all of which are used on the SMU campus.

  • Alyssum, used occasionally
  • Autumn sage, used occasionally
  • Desert willow, southwest corner of Umphrey Lee Center
  • Knockout roses, near SMU Flagpole and elsewhere
  • Lantana, used occasionally
  • Liriope (“monkey grass”), throughout campus
  • Mexican feather grass, in front of Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall and elsewhere
  • Moss rose, at Dedman College sign and elsewhere
  • Pincushion flower, used occasionally
  • Pride of Barbados, in front of Dawson Service Center
  • Sedum, used occasionally
  • Texas sage, in front of Crum Basketball Center
  • Vitex trees, south side of Owen Arts Center
  • Yucca, at southwest corner of Umphrey Lee Center, and red yucca, in front of Crum Basketball Center

Living green when everything is turning brown: Tips to help your tree survive a drought

By Holly Huffman
Communications Specialist
Texas Forest Service

You’ve listened to the experts, taken classes and done everything from mulching to spraying to soaking to standing on your head. You might have even done a rain dance.

And still, your tree — your pride and joy — looks like it might just be on its last leaf.

Drought can truly devastate the landscape. And with Texas in the midst of one of the worst droughts on record, your trees likely have already begun to feel the disastrous effects. Watching them wilt, it can sometimes feel as though there is little you can do to help your tree pull through.

But that’s not always the case.

Texas Forest Service tree experts have compiled a handful of helpful tips for folks trying to nurse their trees through this drought:

1. Consult with a certified arborist before doing anything — building a home or extending a driveway — that could disrupt the root system.

2. Monitor trees for symptoms of stress. Trees are like people — when they’re under stress, they’re more susceptible to disease and insect attacks.

3. Don’t fertilize trees. Let the tree slow down its growth and respiration rate to compensate for the lack of water.

4. Don’t give up on the tree just because the leaves turn brown. The tree may have gone dormant this season. Keep watering. (Pine trees are the exception.)

5. Never prune your tree during a drought. It reduces the tree’s ability to make food, transport water and survive.

6. Don’t plant trees during this drought. It’s better to wait until the soil has regained some of its moisture.

7. And the most important thing: Water, water, water! Water slow, water steady and water regularly.

Ag commissioner promotes wildfire prevention

Texas Forest Service

Texas Forest Service recently released a public service announcement featuring Commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples urging citizens to “stand strong for Texas,” and keep our state safe from wildfires.

Approximately 90 percent of wildfires in Texas are caused by people. Seemingly-harmless things like outdoor grilling, dragging safety chains behind a trailer, welding and building campfires can accidentally start a dangerous wildfire.

“If people are causing them — they can be prevented,” said Tom Boggus, director of Texas Forest Service.

With persistent dangerous wildfire conditions predicted throughout the summer and 97 percent of the state experiencing unprecedented drought, Texas Forest Service urges Texans to continue to exercise caution when it comes to any outdoor activity that could cause a spark.

Gardening tips

We don’t normally recommend using a hummingbird feeder to attract hummers to the garden. That is because many of the native plants we recommend provide an excellent source of nectar for hummingbirds and no additional feeding is required in a normal year. However, this is no normal year and we think it is a good idea to put out a few feeders for those feathered jewels.

Have a favorite gardening tip you’d like to share? Texas Gardener’s Seeds is seeking brief gardening tips from Texas gardeners to use in future issues. If we publish your tip in Seeds, we will send you a free Texas Gardener 2011 Planning Guide & Calendar. Please send your tips of 50 words or less to the editor at: Gardening Tips.

Did you know...

Did you know that many common garden flowers, such as roses, have paler blooms in hot weather like we are having this summer. Have hope though, rose blooms that occur in the fall are thought to be the most vivid and prettiest of all.

Upcoming garden events.

If you would like your organization’s events included in "Upcoming Garden Events" or would like to make a change to a listed event, please contact us at Garden Events. To ensure inclusion in this column, please provide complete details at least three weeks prior to the event. 

Nacogdoches: Greg Grant leads "Everything you wanted to know about turf grass, but were afraid to ask" from 9 a.m. until noon, July 23, in Room 118, Ag Building, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches. $10 members, $15 non-members. For more information or to make reservations, call 936-468-18312 or email erodewald@sfasu.edu.

Bryan: Fall Vegetable Gardening will be presented by Joe Novak, Ph.D., Dept of Horticultural Sciences, TAMU, from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m., July 26. The milder days of fall provide an ideal gardening environment for vegetables and gardeners alike. Learn all about year-round gardening. Room 102, The Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan. Free program. For registration or additional information, visit brazosmg.com.

Dallas: Join a growing trend and learn how to create a bountiful organic community or backyard vegetable garden at “Victory Gardens Workshop: Discover Fall Vegetable Gardening,” led by Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park Director of Horticulture Randy Johnson, from 9 a.m. until noon, July 30. Johnson will cover hands-on fall gardening topics in this class. Please note: this class requires at least 10 registrants to make. $25; $20 for TDG Members. Register online at http://texasdiscoverygardens.org/events_and_classes.php or call 214-428-7476 x 343.

Austin: Cooler weather gives you an opportunity to grow and enjoy food that flourishes in the fall and winter months. Broccoli, lettuce, Swiss chard, radishes and spinach are just a few of the favorites that grow well here. Join Master Gardener Patty Leander, a Texas Gardener contributing writer, to learn about these varieties and strategies for bringing a bountiful fall harvest to the table! “Fall Vegetable Gardening” will be presented Saturday, August 6, from 10 a.m. until noon, at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin. For more information, contact the Master Gardeners Help Line at 512-854-9600. This seminar is presented by the Travis County Master Gardeners, a volunteer arm of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County. www.tcmastergardeners.org.

Seabrook: Anthony Camerino, County Extension Agent – Horticulture, will present a lecture on Lawn Care. from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 9, and The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lake side),5001 NASA Parkway, Seabrook. This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://harris-tx.tamu.edu/hort/.

Rockport: Marthanne Mitch, Master Gardener, will present "Butterfly Gardens" from noon until 1 p.m., Tuesday, August 16, at the Aransas County Library, 701 E. Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, call (361)-790-0103.

Seabrook: Dr. Carol Brouwer will speak on Hydroponics for the home gardener at 10 a.m., Wednesday, August 17, at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Parkway, Seabrook. This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://harris-tx.tamu.edu/hort.

Fort Worth: The Organic Garden Club of Fort Worth presents "Self Sustainability for Your Lifestyle," August 20, at the Deborah Beggs Moncrief Botanical Garden Center-Oak Hall, 3220 Bontanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. This free day of lectures includes sessions on growing tomatoes, garlic, and herbs, and raising bees and goats. For more information, contact Esther Chambliss at herbalhen@yahoo.com or 817-263-9322.

Cibolo: Do you have a love for gardening and want to learn more about horticulture? Then the next Guadalupe County Master Gardener training class is for you. Classes are on Wednesdays, August 24 to December 7 from noon to 4:30 p.m. at St Paul Evangelical Church, 108 S Main, Cibolo. Learn from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialists, staff and local experts. Topics cover botany and plant growth, entomology, Xeriscaping, propagation, herbs and vegetables, tree care and pruning principles, composting and organic horticulture, water conservation and much more. Registration is $170 with a 10% discount if received by August 1. For more information, visit www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org or contact Jose Antonio Contreras, elmerojose@gmail.com, 830-401-0800.

Nacogdoches: Greg Grant leads "Landscape Design" from 9 a.m. until noon, September 10, in Room 118, Ag Building, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches. $15 members, $20 non-members. For more information or to make reservations, call 936-468-18312 or email erodewald@sfasu.edu.

Conroe: The Montgomery County Master Gardener Association is pleased to present Greg Grant, Horticulturist, Plant Propagator and Humorist on Tuesday, October 4. The program will start at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Thomas LeRoy Education Center, 9020 Airport Road, Conroe, which is across the street from the Lone Star Convention Center. Greg is a contributor to Texas Gardener Magazine, among others, and his topic for the evening will be Home Landscaping — Texas: Right Plant, Right Place. His talk will include basic landscaping design principles as well as some of his favorite plants. This is a rare opportunity to see one of Texas’ best gardening speakers in a local setting. The fee will be $20.00 per person and seating will be limited. Please call 936-539-7824 Monday through Friday for more information, or visit www.montgomerycountymastergardeners.org. There will also be information available about the Montgomery County Master Gardeners’ Fall Plant Sale at this event, which will be held Saturday, October 15, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.


Houston: The Harris County Master Gardeners meet at noon the first Tuesday of each month at the Texas AgriLife Extension, 3033 Bear Creek Drive (near the intersection of Highway 6 and Patterson Road), Houston. For additional information visit http://hcmga.tamu.edu or call 281-855-5600.

Rockport: Rockport: Monthly meetings of the Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners are held at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at Texas AgriLife Extension Service - Aransas County Office, 611 E. Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, e-mail aransas-tx@tamu.edu or call 361-790-0103.

Kilgore: Northeast Texas Organic Gardeners meets at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. For more information, call Carole Ramke at 903-986-9475.

Allen: The Allen Garden Club meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, February through December, at the Allen Heritage Center, 100 E. Main St., Allen. For more information, visit www.allengardenclub.org.

Brownwood: The Brown County Master Gardeners Association meets the first Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension Office, 605 Fisk Ave., Brownwood. For further information, call Mary Green Engle at 325-784-8453.

Austin: Austin Organic Gardeners meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin. For more information, visit www.main.org/aog.

Marion: The Guadalupe County (Schertz/Seguin) Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets on the second Tuesday of each month except July and August at The Library, 500 Bulldog, Marion. There is a plant exchange and meet-and-greet begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome. For more information or an application to join NPSOT visit www.npsot.org/GuadalupeCounty/ or contact contact guadalupecounty@npsot.org.

Rockport: The Rockport Herb & Rose Study Group, founded in March 2003, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. at 619 N. Live Oak Street, Room 14, Rockport, to discuss all aspects of using and growing herbs, including historical uses and tips for successful propagation and cultivation. Sometimes they take field trips and have cooking demonstrations in different locations. For more information, contact Linda 361-729-6037, Ruth 361-729-8923 or Cindy 979-562-2153 or visit www.rockportherbs.org and http://rockportherbies.blogspot.com.

Beaumont: The Jefferson County Master Gardeners meet at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the AgriLife Extension Office, 1225 Pearl Street, Suite 200, Beaumont. For more information, call 409-835-8461.

Brownwood: Brown County Master Gardeners Association meets the second Thursday of each month, from Noon to 1 p.m., at the Brown County AgriLife Extension Office, 605 Fisk, Brownwood. For additional information, call Freda Day 325-643-1077, or Mary Engle 325-784-8453.

Georgetown: The Williamson County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th Street. Georgetown. For additional information, contract Billye Adams at 512-863-9636 or visit http://www.npsot.org/WilliamsonCounty/default.htm.

Orange: The Orange County Master Gardeners meet at the Salvation Army in Orange on the second Thursday of each month. A covered-dish dinner at 6:30 p.m. is followed by a speaker and business meeting at 7 p.m.

San Antonio: The San Antonio Herb Society meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels (corner of Funston & N. New Braunfels). For more information on programs, visit www.sanantonioherbs.org.

Dallas: The Rainbow Garden Club of North Texas meets the second Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Meetings are held at member’s homes and garden centers around the area. For more information, visit www.RainbowGardenClub.com.

Arlington: The Arlington Men's Garden Club meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the third Monday of each month (except December) at the Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center Street, Arlington. For more information, contact Lance Jepson at LJepson@aol.com.

Cleburne: The Johnson County Master Gardeners meet at 2 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at McGregor House, 1628 W. Henderson, Cleburne, which includes a program and a meet & greet. For more information, call Diane Asberry at 817-558-3932.

Sugar Land: The Sugar Land Garden Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month, September through November and January through April at 10 a.m. at the Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land. The club hosts a different speaker each month. For more information, visit www.sugarlandgardenclub.org.

Denton: The Denton Organic Society, a group devoted to sharing information and educating the public regarding organic principles, meets the third Wednesday of each month (except July, August and December) at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Avenue. Meetings are free and open to the public. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are preceded by a social at 6:30. For more information, call 940-382-8551.

Glen Rose: The Somervell County Master Gardeners meet at 10 a.m., the third Wednesday of each month at the Somervell County AgriLife Extension office, 1405 Texas Drive, Glen Rose. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call 254-897-2809 or visit www.somervellmastergardeners.org.

Granbury: The Lake Granbury Master Gardeners meet at 1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Hood County Annex 1, 1410 West Pearl Street, Granbury. The public is invited to attend. There is an educational program each month preceding the business meeting. For information on topics call 817-579-3280 or visit http://www.hoodcountymastergardeners.org/.

Seabrook: The Harris County Precinct 2 Master Gardeners hold an educational program at 10 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the Lakeside), 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

Houston: The Native Plant Society of Texas — Houston (NPSOT-H) meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month except for October (4th Thursday) and December (2nd Thursday). Location varies. For locations, for more information on programs, and for information about native plants for Houston, visit http://www.npsot.org/Houston.

Rosenberg: The Fort Bend Master Gardeners meet at 7:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month except December at the Bud O’Shieles Community Center located at 1330 Band Road, Rosenberg. For more information, call 281-341-7068 or visit www.fbmg.com.

Seguin: The Guadalupe County Master Gardeners meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, except December, at the Texas AgriLife Extension Bldg. at 210 E. Live Oak, Seguin. An educational program precedes the business meeting. The public is invited to attend. For topic or other information, call 830-379-1972 or visit www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org.

Atlanta: The Caddo Wildflower Chapter of Native Plants Society meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Horne Enterprise building in Atlanta at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome. For additional information, contact Kay Lowery at frostkay268@aol.com.

Brackenridge Park: The Native Plant Society San Antonio Chapter meets every fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Lions Field Adult and Senior Center, 2809 Broadway at E. Mulberry, Brackenridge Park, except August and December. Social and seed/plant exchange at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bea at 210-999-7292 or visit www.npsot.org/sanantonio.

Edna: The Jackson County Master Gardeners present their "Come Grown With Us" seminars on the fourth Tuesday of each month, January through October, beginning at 7 p.m. at 411 N. Wells, Edna. The seminars are free, open to the public and offer 2 CEU hours to Master Gardeners or others requiring them. For additional information, contact the Jackson County Extension Office at 361-782-3312.

Fort Worth: The Organic Garden Club of Forth Worth meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month except July and December at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens main building. Refreshments are served. For more information, call 817-274-8460.

San Antonio: The Native Plant Society of Texas San Antonio Chapter meets the fourth Tuesday of the month, except August and December, at the Lions Field Adult & Senior Center, 2809 Broadway, San Antonio. Social and plant/seed exchange at 6:30 p.m., program at 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.npsot.org/sanantonio or call Bea at 210-999-7292.

Leander: The Leander Garden Club meets on the fourth Thursday of each month (except July and August) at 10:30 a.m. at the Leander Presbyterian Church, 101 N. West Drive, Leander, unless there is a field trip or an event at a member's home. Following a short business meeting, there is usually a program, followed by a shared pot-luck luncheon. To confirm the meeting place and time, please call Cathy Clark-Ramsey at 512-963-4698 or email texascatalina@yahoo.com.

Dallas: The Dallas Organic Garden Club meets at 2:30 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of each month at the North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Rd., Dallas. For more information, call 214-824-2448 or visit www.dogc.org.

Arlington: The Arlington Organic Garden Club meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month (except November and December) at the Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center Street, Arlington. For more information, contact David at 817) 483-7746.

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