Dan Gill

Host of Bayou Garden

Dan is an Associate Professor in Consumer Horticulture with the LSU AgCenter. He is the spokesperson for the LSU AgCenter’s "Get It Growing project," an effort encouraging home horticulture throughout Louisiana. Dan is also author of "Month-by-Month Gardening in Louisiana" and co-author of the "Louisiana Gardener’s Guide."

LSU AgCenter

South Louisiana gardeners often make use of tropical plants in their landscapes. These are plants that are native to climates where freezes don't occur. Using them has some benefits but they also come with some drawbacks. Why do we use them? Because nothing else thrives in our landscape during the torrid heat and humidity of a Louisiana summer.


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Although native to the Far East, Crape Myrtles are almost indispensable in the southern landscape. Their vibrantly colored flowers in shades of pink, purple, red and white, from May into September, virtually define the summer season here in Baton Rouge. The relatively small size of the Crape Myrtle and the colorful flowers the tree produces makes it useful in a variety of landscape situations.


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It seems we have more than our share of insects, diseases, and weeds here in Louisiana. This comes true particularly during mid to late summer. It's important to remember that the use of pesticides, such as insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides, is only one way of controlling these pests. There are other techniques gardeners can use to help prevent the severe infestations that make use of pesticides necessary.


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Summer flowering vines can be used to provide color, fragrance, and interest to Louisiana landscapes. They can also offer screening and shade if they're allowed to cover an overhead structure. Indeed, no other landscape plants can supply the same effects as vines.


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The extraordinary heat we experience in summer can be put to use controlling soil-borne pests in the vegetable garden.

Through solarization, intense summer sunlight can be used to control pathogenic fungi and nematodes and kill weed seeds in the soil without using toxic chemicals.


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