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From selecting the right plants to proper watering techniques and dealing with pests, host Lee Rouse delivers the information you need to garden successfully in Louisiana's unique climate.

Garden Don'ts

Jun 22, 2013
Bart Everson / Flickr

Don't nick young trees with the grass trimmer. Don't pile hills of mulch around them. Don't over-water.

Summer squash, fresh from the garden.
Tim Sackton / Flickr

June is the peak month for harvesting early summer vegetables in south Louisiana. Harvesting at the right stage is essential to getting the best quality out of your garden.

Craving Color

Jun 8, 2013
A Louisiana Black Gamecock iris in the garden.
jacki-dee / Flickr

It's hard to resist grabbing one of everything at the nursery.

Agapantha in bloom.
Richard Taylor / Flickr

Agapanthas are blooming all around the Baton Rouge area.

Plants ready for vacation.
Alex de Cordoba / Flickr

Get a friend with a green thumb to care for your leafy pets if you'll be away for few days.

Choose a Hearty Palm

May 18, 2013
Palms rising in New Orleans.
rosefirerising / Flickr

Palms can stand up to hurricane winds, but can be sensitive to pruning and freezes.

Caladium sprouting from its tuber.
Laura Anne Heller / Flickr

Caladiums' colorful foliage emerges from the ground on arching stems. Their elegant beauty also makes the plant a staple in the most accomplished gardener's landscape.

Cantaloupe growing at a home garden in north Georgia. June 2010
April Sorrow / University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Science

May is a transitional month for Louisiana gardeners as the intense heat arrives this month. The ideal planting season for hearty trees and shrubs is over, many heat tolerant vegetables can be planted now.

An Easter lily, planted after the holiday, blooms in a garden.
oblivion9999 / Flickr

Easter passed by about a month ago, but if you still have Easter lilies hanging around, put them in the ground. They will come back and bloom year after year.

A Lantana Bandana Cherry Sunrise attracts a butterfly.
Dave Clark / Flickr

Lantanas are among our most reliable summer bedding plants. Louisiana gardeners have counted on them for decades as tough plants that bloom for a long time.