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Arbor Gate's Picks
of the Month


Fuzzy Bolivian Sage

(Salvia oxyphora) This unique and beautiful salvia is winning us over with its dark green, ridged foliage topped with spikes of fuzzy, deep pink flowers. Each flower has a "lip" just inviting... Read More >

October Magic White Shi-Shi

(Camellia sasanqua) Porcelain-white, double formal flowers provide a graceful display at a time of the year when fewer shrubs are blooming, and last well into winter. Very versatile, low growing evergreen shrub.... Read More >

Yellow Amaryllis

Hippeastrum evansiae NEW! A fairly rare amaryllis from the dry forests of Bolivia and the eastern foothills of the Andes where its habitat is now being used for agriculture. This is a... Read More >

Red Rocket Russelia – Russelia sarmentosa

A spectacular russelia with small, dark green leaves on 3?-4? long, arching stems topped with clusters of a multitude of small, tubular, bright red flowers. Blooms late spring to fall. A gorgeous... Read More >

Heidi’s Picks

Pictured above is a sampling of the many varieties of citrus that can be grown in the Houston area. Oranges, Satsumas, Clementines, Mandelos, Pummelos, Grapefruits, Limes and Lemons all are easy to... Read More >

Ann Wheeler Log House Herb Farm
Aussie Sweetie Basil

This terrific variety of sweet basil can go at the back of the garden, since it attains 3 to 4 feet in height, and a distinctly columnar form. In fact, it is... Read More >

Ann McCormick Herb 'n Cowgirl
Lemongrass from Asia

If you enjoy making foods from Southeast Asia, you will want to grow lemongrass. The tender portions of this aromatic grass provide a light lemon flavor used in teas, soups, and stir-fry... Read More >

Ann Wheeler Log House Herb Farm
English Thyme

In Southern Herb Growing, by Madalene Hill and Gwen Barclay, thymes are described as falling into three broad groups: �upright subshrubs 12 to 18 inches tall, creeping herbs up to 6 inches,... Read More >

Refried Black Beans with Cuban Oregano

Ingredients 1 15 oz can Black Beans 2 Tbsp Butter � cup Onion, diced 2 Tbsp Garlic, chopped 2 Tbsp Cuban Oregano, chopped � tsp Crushed Red Pepper flakes 1 Bay leaf... Read More >

Red Firespike

Odontenema strictum A handsome, tropical looking perennial for shade gardens! Rich, glossy green leaves on a 4�-6� plant. Produces 12� spikes of bright red flowers in the fall & will bloom all... Read More >

Ann McCormick Herb 'n Cowgirl
It’s Garlic Planting Season!

October is the perfect time for Texans to plant spring-flowering bulbs. It's also the right time to add garlic to the garden for fresh garlic in the coming year. Garlic is divided... Read More >

Ann Wheeler Log House Herb Farm
BBQ Rosemary

This beautiful rosemary has especially good flavor and aroma -- great qualities for a culinary rosemary. A fast grower, it forms rather quickly an orderly hedge of very aromatic narrow foliage. In... Read More >

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