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."

Agapantha in bloom.
Richard Taylor / Flickr

Agapanthas are blooming all around the Baton Rouge area.


Plants ready for vacation.
Alex de Cordoba / Flickr

Get a friend with a green thumb to care for your leafy pets if you'll be away for few days.


Choose a Hearty Palm

May 18, 2013
Palms rising in New Orleans.
rosefirerising / Flickr

Palms can stand up to hurricane winds, but can be sensitive to pruning and freezes.


Caladium sprouting from its tuber.
Laura Anne Heller / Flickr

Caladiums' colorful foliage emerges from the ground on arching stems. Their elegant beauty also makes the plant a staple in the most accomplished gardener's landscape.


Cantaloupe growing at a home garden in north Georgia. June 2010
April Sorrow / University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Science

May is a transitional month for Louisiana gardeners as the intense heat arrives this month. The ideal planting season for hearty trees and shrubs is over, many heat tolerant vegetables can be planted now.

An Easter lily, planted after the holiday, blooms in a garden.
oblivion9999 / Flickr

Easter passed by about a month ago, but if you still have Easter lilies hanging around, put them in the ground. They will come back and bloom year after year.


A Lantana Bandana Cherry Sunrise attracts a butterfly.
Dave Clark / Flickr

Lantanas are among our most reliable summer bedding plants. Louisiana gardeners have counted on them for decades as tough plants that bloom for a long time.

Alternanthera brasiliana (L.) Kuntze or Joseph's Coat
Dinesh Valke / Flickr

Many of the best plants in Louisiana's flower beds are known for their ornamental leaves, rather than their blossoms.


Container gardening enhances an outdoor living space.
Gardening in a Minute

Growing plants in containers allows us to grow them in places where there isn't soil like on our porches, decks or patios.


The last week of March is ideal for fertilizing lawns in South Louisiana, but how do you know if you should fertilize?


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