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On Gardening: Variegated tapioca, an award winning landscape thriller

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The variegated tapioca continues to be one of the hottest plants in the garden. First and foremost it is an incredibly showy plant, but the real impetus may have been that it was chosen as a Texas Superstar Award Winner and placed extremely high in University of Georgia trials.

Once again this selection demonstrates that a zone 9-10 tropical ...Read more

On Gardening: Sweet Tea Mountain Gordlinia has made the landscape 'oh so sweet'

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Sweet Tea Mountain Gordlinia has been causing quite a stir not only because it is blooming in the garden, but we have been posting photos on Facebook and Twitter. Now, to be honest, it is the plant community, botanists, taxonomists, and horticulturists alike that are in a state of bliss.

The credit for this wonderful and rare hybrid really goes...Read more

On Gardening: Pride of Barbados — your own key to the islands

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The Pride of Barbados is one of the most beautiful tropical plants for the home landscape. As the name suggests, it is the national tree of Barbados the island paradise in the Caribbean's Lesser Antilles. It is such an incredible plant, it was also named a Texas Super Star Winner.

Now your first thought is that they grow citrus in Texas so no ...Read more

On Gardening: Abuse-free crape myrtles

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A 300-foot long crape myrtle allee is a sight to behold especially when it is in full bloom as it happens to be right now. While the visitors are shocked, if not mesmerized by the amount of blooming color, they are equally stunned to know we don't prune. You see, most gardeners think that pruning gives you more flower canopy, but it simply isn't...Read more

On Gardening: Create a Caribbean paradise in your backyard with elephant ear plants

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This has been a banner year for tropical plant nuts like me as Regal Shields, Borneo Giant, and Portora just to name a few started showing up in area garden centers. These are just a few of the elephant ears that lured the gardeners in my family to not only bring out the pocketbook but to redesign for the lush look of the islands.

If you love ...Read more

On Gardening: Surfinias, Waves and some Raspberry Blasts create a party atmosphere

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It is one thing to go to a botanical garden for plant and design ideas but you may just pick up some tips from your local shopping center, if they are into flowers. I was visiting one such center in Columbus, Ga., and couldn't take my eyes off the baskets, containers and beds. I've experienced this horticultural ecstasy if you will, in similar ...Read more

On Gardening: Verbena on a stick offers rare beauty and summer-long performance

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I could see activity all around as I approached the bed and the plant looked like it was a butterfly magnet. I am always impressed when I see multiples of one species hitting on flowers and such was the case when I witnessed American Lady Butterflies feeding on a plant we call, Verbena on a Stick.

Botanically speaking this is Verbena ...Read more

At White House garden, Michelle Obama promotes healthy, fresh eating

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WASHINGTON -- First lady Michelle Obama wasn't afraid to get her hands a little dirty Monday afternoon. Kneeling in the White House's kitchen garden on the South Lawn, she yanked out turnips, kale and other vegetables for a fresh meal to be prepared just a few steps away.

As part of her healthy eating initiative, which she launched in 2009, ...Read more

On Gardening: Little Adder, a great new compact hummingbird mint

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Hummingbird mints, also called anise hyssops, are among my favorite perennials. In fact they are must have plants in my garden for their non-stop blooming ability and a penchant for bringing in pollinators like few other plants. So when Little Adder made its debut as a compact powerhouse version I was eager to give it a try.

Hummingbird mints ...Read more

Herbalist Suki Roth takes healing back to the garden

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GRAHAM, N.C. -- A sign in Suki Roth's basement says "Make Tea Not War."

And across the room, in jars lining floor-to-ceiling shelves, Roth has just the tea for what ails you.

"This one's excellent for the heart and high blood pressure," she says of the jar labeled hawthorn.

"Ground ivy's excellent to dry up the runny mucus we get all allergy ...Read more

On Gardening: Dazzling daylilies showing out at a garden near you

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Our American Hemerocallis Society Display Garden is in full bloom and while they all are extraordinarily beautiful there are those certain varieties that just keep me fixated. I started noticing a few similar traits and as I researched them I realized they were all tetraploids. So instead of being diploid with each cell having two sets of ...Read more

On Gardening: Bananas in containers offer thrilling tropical foliage

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When it comes to selecting a thriller plant for your mixed container, I would like to put forth the idea of using a banana. They have the ability to instantly capture the imagination of all who gaze upon them and there is an immediate sense of tropical islands and gentle ocean breezes. It really makes no difference if you are using an ornamental...Read more

On Gardening: Bromeliads thrill whether in the landscape or containers

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One of my favorite garden quotes comes courtesy of Thomas Jefferson who said 'but though an old man, I am but a young gardener.' Though I am not quite ready to take ownership of the old part, I have been feeling that I too am but a young gardener. This is largely thanks to Jamie Burghardt our Horticultural coordinator here at the Coastal Georgia...Read more

On Gardening: Native spiderworts offer stunning flower and foliage

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Each morning I pull into my parking spot which is right in front of our cottage garden. This time of the year it is the bluest blue greeting me thanks to our native spiderwort. Spiderworts are known botanically as Tradescantia virginiana and native over a huge range of the country covering some thirty states. Those states where it is not native ...Read more


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