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Arbor Gate's Picks
of the Month


Curry Plant

(Helichrysum italicum) Not all herbs are used primarily in cooking. With their culinary, aromatic, medicinal, economic and purely decorative qualities, herbs are often referred to as “the useful plants.” Each month’s herb ... 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 >

Saratoga Gold Yaupon

(Ilex vomitoria) This beautiful yaupon reaches a height of 15-20′ tall and 8-10′ wide. Adorned with the most vibrant golden yellow berries, this tree provides a great food source for wildlife. Along ... Read More >

Chive Recipes

Citrus Snapper with Chives 2 tbsp Butter, unsalted 1 tsp Sugar 1 tbsp Shallot ½ tsp Lemon peel, grated ½ tsp Lime Peel, grated 1 tbsp Chives, minced 1 tbsp Lemon juice ... Read More >

Frost Cloth

Light and fluffy, airy and bright, this is a must have for all gardeners. This reusable cloth is invaluable for those cold wintery nights. It can be cut to size and will ... Read More >

Brazilian Red Cloak

Megaskepasma erythrochlamys A stunning, super showy, root hardy tropical shrub from South America that grows into a large 10’–12’ lush plant with large, glossy leaves & unbelievable 12”-18” panicles of bright red ... Read More >

Lovage Recipes

Brussels Sprouts with Lovage Sauce 4 cups Brussels sprouts, cleaned and trimmed 1 tsp Salt 1 Shallot, finely chopped 2 tsp Garlic, minced 4 cup Chicken Stock, divided ¼ cup Lovage, chopped ... Read More >


Levisticum officinale A noted member of the Umbelliferae family, lovage is the ultimate (and classic) celery herb. Its complex flavor, once experienced in soup, stew, or a rich chicken salad (or ANY ... Read More >

Dark Violet Hybrid Skullcap

Scutellaria x ‘Dark Violet’ ‘Dark Violet’ is a hybridized variety. Woody gray-green foliage contrast the neon purple flowers. It has a tidy, mounding habit where scallop shaped blooms peek above compact spikes. ... 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 >

Calendula Recipes

Calendula Cookies 6 Calendula flowers 1 / 2 cup Butter, room temp 1⁄2 cup Sugar 2 Orange, zest of 2 tbsp Orange juice concentrate, at room temp 1 tsp Vanilla 2 large Eggs, ... Read More >