Specialty landscape plants


Roses are one of the most popular landscape shrubs today; but maintaining them well means knowing the important pest problems.

Some of our AgriLife Extension publications are designed to help gardeners with special plants or crops.  Here is a selection:

  • Lantana and Verbena: How to Combat Insect and Mite Pests Several insect and mite pests attack lantana and verbena, popular perennial flowers found in many Texas landscapes. This publication describes the most common pests and explains how to manage them.
  • Insect Pests of Roses Rose growers face a number of insect and mite pests.  This publication from Mississippi State University provides a good summary of pests of roses and current management suggestions.
  • Rose Rosette disease  Transmitted by a minute mite, rose rosette disease is spreading in Texas. This fact sheet by the Texas A&M Plant Pathology department explains your options.
  • Managing Insect Pests of Cacti and Other Succulents in Water-Efficient Landscapes  Even some of the toughest, drought tolerant plants in Texas landscapes are susceptible to arthropod attack. Learn how to identify and manage twelve insect pests that can damage your water-efficient landscape plants. There is also a chart listing water-efficient ornamentals native to Texas.
  • Homeowner’s Guide to Pests of Peaches, Plums and Pecans  Fruit and nut trees can be one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, specialty plants to grow. Successful fruit and nut production in backyard trees requires adhering to rigorous spray schedules, as explained here.

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