Neil Sperry

Neil Sperry

Fancy ferns are tougher than you’d think

Ferns never cease to amaze me. Even after that really cold weather in January my two evergreen types are still growing strong and my one type that dies to the ground is coming back for probably its 30th year in its big planting in our gardens. Inspired as I frequently am by their performance, I decided to say a few words on their behalf.

Neil Sperry

A plant from the past brings early color to today’s gardens

You don’t see flowering quince planted in commercial or big residential landscapes very often. Professional designers tend to overlook it, opting instead for rock-steady performers that look great 52 weeks out of the year. Flowering quince does not. It’s like I was in calculus: A-plus one week, then struggling to pass two weeks later. But unless you have a townhouse garden or a zero-lot-line property, you probably have space to tuck one flowering quince into the back of your plantings.

Neil Sperry

These basic tips can put you on the path to landscaping success

Garden design is like any other art form. We all perceive beauty differently. So what I’m about to jot out today may or may not jibe with your own landscaping goals. Take with you any of these tips that will help. Leave the others behind. These are just my own stream-of-consciousness — the things that roll through my own mind as I’m planning a basic home landscape design.

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Yu Darvish said he felt his strongest since surgery during Sunday's eight innings

Rangers ace Yu Darvish said he felt as strong on the mound as he has since having Tommy John surgery in March 2015 (Video by Stefan Stevenson).
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Yu Darvish said he felt his strongest since surgery during Sunday's eight innings 1:51

Yu Darvish said he felt his strongest since surgery during Sunday's eight innings

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Jeff Banister discusses Yu Darvish's Sunday start

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TCU catcher: Big loss was 'fuel for the fire' in series win against Baylor

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