Plumerias easily withstand the heat of Texas Gulf Coast summers and are in full bloom in many landscapes. They will bloom and grow vigorously if provided adequate soil moisture and fertility.

The dog days of August have arrived. Daytime temperatures have danced around the mid-90s mark during the last week of July, so there is no need to remind you that August is the peak of the heat season in Galveston County.

Working outside this month tends to be more tolerable during early morning or late evening hours. Plants in the landscape and garden will require attention if they are to remain vigorous and provide us with many desirable benefits including color, shade, beauty, etc.

Dr. William Johnson is a horticulturist with the Galveston County Office of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System. Visit his website at


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