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Kids would absolutely love one of these and all it takes is bunch of old bike rims, a packet of cable ties, some hard work and a few creeping plants. Let your creativity run this year.

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Planting Potted Herbs

What a cool idea ~ fill the pot with soil, leaving the herb (or plant) in its plastic container. Then, remove the plant and set into hole. Neat-o!


Types of Fragrant Climbing Plants

Flowering Jasmine. Good for covering fences, walls etc

Plumbago - so pretty & cheerful - thrives in the hot Texas summer. Disease- pest- and deer-resistant. Can grow into a large bush, and also can be trained to grow on a trellis.

Hardenbergia violacea (Happy wanderer). Australian native climber. Vigorous climbing habit, useful plant for covering pergolas, trellises and fences or used as a spreading ground cover. Its leaves are glossy green in colour and the flowers are a rich violet-mauve in colour. They are borne profusely from winter to early spring. Prefers a full sun to part shade position. Grows 2m high x 2m wide.

Flowering Western Redbud tree (Cercis occidentalis) in Southern California, drought tolerant native plant garden

Yarrow - a lovely perennial weed grown in many herb gardens, for it has a multitude of uses. Cut the flowering tops (use only white-flowering yarrow) and use alcohol (80 proof) to make a strongly-scented tincture. A US Army study showed yarrow tincture to be more effective than DEET at repelling ticks, mosquitoes, and sand flies. Take internally prevent colds and the flu (dose is 10-20 drops). Yarrow oil is antibacterial, pain-relieving, and helpful in healing all types of wounds.

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The Best Drought-Tolerant Perennials

Russian Sage. I love Russian sage. One of the toughest plants, it offers fragrant silvery foliage and plumes of violet-purple blooms. Taller varieties are great for the back of the border. Not only is it heat and drought resistant, but deer, rabbits, and most other pests steer clear of it.

Confederate Jasmine. Smells amazing, drought tolerant. LOVE this plant.

Growing Edible Flowers: Plant chives among roses to prevent black spot, drive away Japanese beetles, and provide aphids a more tempting source of food. For more info about companion planting refer to this source:


No More Mowing: 10 Grass-Free Alternatives to a Traditional Lawn

Thyme Ground Cover