Neil Sperry

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.

Neil Sperry

How fallen leaves can give the yard a lift

If you have shade trees, you now have leaves. Thousands of leaves. You wake up one morning, and the neighbor is blowing his leaves onto your lawn. You don’t even own a maple tree, but there they are — his maple leaves on your lawn. What’s a gardener to do with all of those leaves?

Neil Sperry

Neil Sperry shares his glossary of gardening terms

Horticultural definitions. Has a great ring to it, doesn’t it? It sounds like the opening line of a bestselling novel — or maybe it doesn’t. But if I do this correctly, you’ll soon realize how important these terms will be to your success as a North Texas gardener. That could happen quite soon.

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Cowtown Marathon: Scenes from a Sunday run

Thousands of runners took to the streets of Fort Worth on a chilly Sunday in February to compete in the annual Cowtown Marathon and half-marathon.
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Cowtown Marathon: Scenes from a Sunday run

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