Welcome to the independent website of the Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans! This site is intended to provide our members and the general public with up-to-date information on our organization including educational and gardening activities, volunteer opportunities in and around town, and the latest news of MGGNO. General information about the Louisiana Master Gardener program, horticultural publications and more can be found at lsuagcenter.com and in this brief article by René Schmit, Louisiana Master Gardener Coordinator4.
To increase the public’s love for and knowledge of gardening and responsible stewardship of the environment.
Serving Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes, the Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans strives to aid the LSU AgCenter to meet the educational needs of home gardeners in our community while providing enjoyable, worthwhile service experience for our members.
Warm Season Plants for Summer Color
Start adding warm season bedding plants to provide color in your landscape. While petunias and calibrachoas (supertunias) are still blooming, they will start fading as the weather begins to heat up. Don’t be tempted to continue to buy too many of the cool season plants. You can however, use them in hanging baskets to add some color for a longer period of time and putting them in part sun to extend flowering. Heat-tolerant plants come in a wide variety of colors and growth habits. Here are some of the best:
For low-growing summer bedding plants (less than 2 feet), choose Mexican heather, ornamental peppers, ornamental sweet potatoes, dwarf angelonia, coleus, impatiens, periwinkle, dwarf cosmos, begonia, dwarf pentas, dwarf globe amaranth, ageratum, salvia ‘Victoria,’ marigolds, portulaca, blue daze, perennial verbena, purslane, dusty miller, rudbeckia, purple cone flower, abelmoschus, narrow-leaf zinnia, wishbone flower, Dahlberg daisy, caladium, balsam, gerbera daisy, gaillardia, celosia, dwarf lantana, scaevola or dwarf melampodium.
For taller-growing (more than 2 feet), choose butterfly weed, angelonia, shrimp plant, cleome, pentas, melampodium, four o’clock, perilla, cosmos, hardy hibiscus (mallow), sunflower, salvias, lantana, cigar flower or Mexican sunflower (tithonia).
Happy meeting of MGGNO members at Urban Roots Garden Center on 3/2/13. Lots of flowers, smiles and friendship!
County Agent’s Tip of the Month
Click here to read the latest tip from our County Agent.