Demonstration garden at the LSU AgCenter office in Amite. (Photo by M.H. Ferguson)
(News article for November 15, 2019)
Over the past several months, volunteers with the Louisiana Master Gardener program have spruced up the landscape in front of the LSU AgCenter office in Amite (305 East Oak Street). They have planted new plants, removed weeds, mulched, and installed plant labels and irrigation. We welcome you to visit the office and take a look at this garden.
The LSU AgCenter is an educational institution, so it is appropriate that our landscape serve an educational purpose. One of the primary objectives of the garden is to demonstrate the “right plant, right place” idea that I’ve mentioned before. This is a sunny site (south side of the building) in our relatively wet climate, so plants need to be able to tolerate these conditions.
Some of the plants found in the garden are ones that have been named Louisiana Super Plants. Super Plants found in the landscape include Shoal Creek chaste tree (vitex), ShiShi Gashira camellia, and Luna series Hibiscus moscheutos plants.
The garden includes a mixture of perennials (such as those just mentioned) and annual plants. By the time you read this, the warm season annuals – such as Henna coleus, Candy Cane red pepper, and zinnias – will probably be toast, but cool season bedding plants are on the way.
The LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station provided a number of the plants in the Amite office garden. Their collection of Super Plants, Plants with Potential, and other Louisiana-suited plants is impressive, and I encourage you to visit this gem of Tangipahoa Parish, as well. Please check in at the office when you go.
Contact Mary Helen Ferguson.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture