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Arbor Gate's Picks
of the Month


Convert Holiday Bay Laurel to a Topiary

One of the living trees you may see during the holidays is bay laurel (Laurus nobilis). This multi-trunked tree sports 3- to 4-inch deep green glossy leaves growing densely along smooth-barked branches. ... Read More >

Artemisias For Dry Areas

Artemisias are a family of landscape plants perfect for Texas gardens. They originated in hot, dry regions and have minimal water requirements. They also tolerate poor soils, making them a good candidate ... Read More >

Popular Varieties of Rosemary

There’s no doubt about it. Every Texas garden needs at least one rosemary bush. This hardy herb is reliable, fragrant, and plays well with others in the garden. Here are five varieties ... Read More >

Mustard for Winter Warmth

New Year’s Day finds many of us putting up calendars for the new year and considering the prospect of cold weather ahead. Fortunately for Texas gardeners, even these cool months can be ... Read More >

Harvesting a Bouquet Garni for Your Soup

As the days cool we think more and more of enjoying warming soups. If this is on the menu at your home, make it savory with the addition of a just-picked bouquet ... Read More >

Don’t Pull Up Those Geraniums

As the days shorten, a wise gardener makes plans for putting the garden to bed for the winter. Some plants will be trimmed back after the riotous growth of summer. A few ... Read More >

Purple Coneflower, A Native Herb

When the first European settlers came to the New World, high on their list of things to look for were new medicinal herbs. If the plant was attractive as well they considered ... Read More >

Mexican Oregano: A Colorful Native Herb

Let me introduce you to Mexican oregano a native Texas herb that is drought tolerant, blooms from late spring through fall, isnít an aggressive spreader, and finally ñfor extra bonus points ñ ... Read More >

Texas Tarragon

Got a spot where you’d like to grow something hardy but edible? How about Texas tarragon, the South’s answer to the less hardy French tarragon. Texas tarragon (Tagetes lucida) is a tough ... Read More >

Growing Hens and Chicks

The last year or so has seen a revival of interest in growing succulents in containers and garden beds. They come in a wide variety of shapes, making them fun to collect ... Read More >

Which Basil is For You?

Chances are you want to grow fresh, flavorful basil in your garden this spring. But then you go down to your favorite garden shop (Arbor Gate, of course) and discover there are ... Read More >

Fight That Cough with Herbs

New Year’s Day brings the promise of a clean slate on our calendar. Three hundred sixty five day to fill with challenges, triumphs, and fun times with friends. Unfortunately New Year’s Day ... Read More >