Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX


February 10, 2013

From a Gardening Perspective

Winter Interest in the Landscape

By HELEN PEMBERTON, Palo Pinto County Master Gardener

A new neighbor came to visit my garden yesterday and get ideas for landscaping her new home at Possum Kingdom Lake. She brought her camera. As we wandered through the mostly dead foliage, I realized that two of the most important things for year-round enjoyment of the garden are evergreen plantings and hardscape.

Since deer can be a pest out here in Palo Pinto County, the winter evergreens that we enjoy have to include plants the deer don’t eat. I use herbs and plants with highly scented foliage. Upright Rosemary makes a fine evergreen hedge that blooms in the winter. Prostrate (low growing) Rosemary makes a good ground cover. Oregano is evergreen in my garden and I am using it as a ground cover. A new plant for me is Damianita. It is a highly scented evergreen mound, maybe 18 inches tall, that blooms bright-yellow daisy flowers, from April through hard frost. 

Look at your garden and pick a place where you might want to look out the window on a winter day and see something beautiful. There, you can plant a hardscape, including such items as:

• A pile of boulders with evergreen plants among them.

• A cluster of ornamental trees with interesting bark or twisted trunks – Crepe Myrtle, Blue Vitex and Yaupon Holly are interesting in the winter.

• A statue or piece of attention-grabbing driftwood, surrounded by evergreens would complete the scene.

• A rock walkway with interesting stones placed in it.

• A trellis with Crossvine growing on it. Crossvine is an evergreen Texas Native vine that blooms with bright orange trumpets in the spring only. It prefers some shade. Put something interesting in front of the trellis as a focal point. Maybe a birdbath.

February is also a time to finish pruning any oak trees you want to trim (oak wilt could attack trimmed trees after spring sets in). It’s time for cutting the dead foliage off last year’s perennials and thumbing through seed catalogs for new ideas.

Ah, gardening. Nothing says, “Happy” like dirt under your fingernails.

For more information on any gardening topic or the Palo Pinto County Master Gardener program, contact the Palo Pinto County Agriculture Extension office at (940) 659-1228.

Text Only
  • butler eng.jpg Engagement - Masterson - Butler

    Noel Grace Butler proudly announces the engagement of her parents, Elizabeth Ashley Masterson and Ryan Brent Butler.

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • Veloz Thornton.jpg Engagement - Veloz - Thornton

    Felix and Maria Veloz are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jacqueline Veloz, to Derek Thornton, son of Tony and Norma Rodriguez of Mineral Wells and Mark and Cindy Thornton of Fort Worth.

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • engage.jpg Engagement - Holt-Sloan

    Mr. and Mrs. Billy Holt of Perrin would like to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their son, Jared Allyn Holt, to Alecia Renee Sloan.

    March 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tyler and Rebecca Engagement 013.jpg Engagement: Patterson - Burks

    Bill and Sarah Patterson announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebecca Ann, to Tyler Dwayne Burks.

    March 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Floyd & Mary Lyon 68th Anniversary - Floyd & Mary Lyon

    Floyd and Mary Lyon celebrate 68 Wonderful years together on Feb. 3, 2014.

    February 3, 2014 2 Photos

  • Pioneer Award Ernie headshot.png Herron receives District 7 TFB Pioneer Award

    Ernest “Ernie “ R. Herron Jr. received the District 7 Texas Farm Bureau Pioneer Award for his contributions to Texas agriculture and the organization during TFB’s 80th annual meeting.

    January 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bluebonnet Garden Club photo.jpg Blue Bonnet Garden Club

    In October the members of the Blue Bonnet Garden Club had a creepy, crawling good time learning about the good and bad bugs found in gardens.

    November 25, 2013 1 Photo

  • •Burton Engagement-89.jpg Engagement Witschorke - Burton

    Mark and Shelly Witschorke are delighted to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathryn Witschorke, to Evan Burton, son of Gary and Debbie Burton of Forsan, Texas.

    October 7, 2013 1 Photo

  • •BIRTH Robnett.jpg BIRTH: Elisha "Eli" Ritchie Robnett

    Leslie Kay Ritchie Robnett and Kevin Mart Robnett proudly announce the birth of their son, Elisha "Eli" Ritchie Robnett.

    September 30, 2013 1 Photo

  • Engagement_9-15 Wyatt-San Miguel wedding announ.jpg Engagement - Wyatt, San Miguel

    The children of Nina Wyatt and Mario San Miguel – Charles Tucker, Jessica Tucker Vigil, Melanie San Miguel Elliot, Rebekah San Miguel Griffith, Mark Chance San Miguel, Nicholas Chance San Miguel – would like to announce their marriage.

    September 16, 2013 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Mineral Wells Index

Front page
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners Obama Greets Wounded Warriors Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Must Read