April 8 2006 Timely Tips

GARDENING CALENDAR

TEXAS COOPERATIVE EXTENSION

BEXAR COUNTY

BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ

April 8, 2006

  • Palm Sunday is tomorrow. Visit your local nursery to purchase such palms as Areca or Majesty–they are commonly used as houseplants.
  • Start planting spring color now. Annual bedding plants to consider include cockscombs, begonias, ageratums, coreopsis, cosmos, marigolds, petunias, portulacas, salvias, sweet alyssums, and zinnias.
  • Mix herbs into your flower garden. Try basil, chives, coriander, dill, lemon grass, parsley, mints, marjoram, rosemary, sage, thyme, etc. Herbs are fragrant and add to culinary delights.
  • Easter Sunday is next week. Purchase Easter lilies this coming week. If blooms are tight, provide plenty of lighting for flowers to open up. Plant lilies in the ground, in a southeast exposure, after they finish blooming. Madonna lilies might bloom again in the fall.
  • For a great flowering perennial in the shade, consider planting ‘Mona Lavender.’ It is a beautiful, hardy plant.

David Rodriguez is County Extension Agent-Horticulture with Texas Cooperative Extension in Bexar County. For more information, call the Master Gardener “Hotline” (210) 467-6575 or visit our County Extension website at https://bexar-tx.tamu.edu

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