By Glenna Sheaffer
In a garden most people think of color as being the flowers when they are blooming. This is not the only type of color you should plan for. In the spring especially, the new foliage color as it comes out of the ground can be quite varied.
By Shawn McClain
On April 22nd for Earth Day, one of the most common practices of celebration is to plant new trees. Other practices of celebration include picking up trash, planting wildflowers and cleaning up streams. In my case, removal of invasive species from the woodland area here at Kingwood Center Gardens, particularly Garlic Mustard. This ecologically invasive and non- native plant easily naturalizes in shady locations and spreads viable seeds early in the spring pushing out many wildflowers and native plants.
By Mona Kneuss
There are around 300 species in the genus Iris. In this area we have Tall bearded irises or Iris germanica a very familiar flower with the three inner upright petals called “standards” and three larger outer petals called “falls”, the falls may have beards or crests. These are soft hairs along the center of the falls. In Crested iris the hairs form a comb or ridge.
Tall Bearded Iris
By Karen Fraizer
I know it’s hard to believe with this mid-March snow and cold upon us, but it is time to think about roses. Right now, the Kingwood roses are thankfully still covered with mulch for winter protection. We usually have the mulch cleaned out and the spring pruning done before April 1st.
Kingwood’s rose beds in Winter