The last few weeks I have touting if not celebrating the arrival of pansy and viola planting season. No matter where you live there is a season for pansies and other cool season flowers. There are, however, those neighborhoods where the deer roam nightly and gardeners feel like the cool season is a lost cause.
Don't give up, but instead go ...Read more
The Arizona cypress is one of those plants that horticulturists and season gardeners alike look upon with amazement at its beauty and performance in the hot and humid Southeast. Right now we are planting small ones as living Christmas trees in containers as part of our December Nights and Holiday Lights festivities at the Coastal Georgia ...Read more
No matter where you go this summer the tropical look will be hot, and one of the key ingredients for this Caribbean style garden is the elephant ear, the drama queen of the landscape. With leaves that defy logic for their size and proportion vs. other plants it's not hard to see why this plant is so loved by Southern gardeners. It is not ...Read more
Spikes of rare icy blue flowers partnered with the soft gray foliage make the Russian Sage a winner from zones 5-9, meaning much of the country can relish in its beauty. Winner it is, too, as 20 years ago it was selected as the Perennial Plant of the Year.
I've been growing it ever since that year, and I have grown to love it more with each ...Read more
A stroll through the garden today revealed Blue Glory looking as good today, the first week in November, as it did back in mid-May after it had returned after cold weather killed it to the ground. I first started growing Blue Glory a little more than a dozen years ago, and it has been everything we as horticulturists hoped it would be, and more....Read more
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Monarch butterflies survived the long migration, and Hurricane Patricia, so I felt like calling attention to a new wave in the world of caterpillars. At almost every seminar I give there is a stopping point about midway where I ask the audience by a show of hands if they are caterpillar friendly. I am delighted to say I sense a real change ...Read more
The fall camellia season at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens is simply incredible in its beauty and variety, and I know the "Judge" would be proud. I never knew the Judge. But I have planted many azaleas bearing his name, and to me he was like a horticultural hero. As a horticulturist I hope he would consider me a kindred spirit. The ...Read more
Goldenrod is nothing to sneeze at. Sure many people thinks it is the cause of hay fever, but the real culprit is ragweed, which usually blooms at the same time. I'll readily admit I have just about never met a goldenrod I didn't like. I'll confess that the first time I wrote about the attributes of goldenrods I received scowls from nursery ...Read more
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Move over Edward Goucher, there is a new abelia in town. Actually there are several abelias that will absolutely take this from a ho-hum shrub to one that is dazzling in the landscape. All of a sudden you will find yourself looking at abelias for their colorful foliage, and flowers that will bring in both butterflies and hummingbirds.
Oh, my gosh, I just thought I loved Rajin Cajun ruellia, but after growing it in our Mediterranean Garden I am totally mesmerized. Clumps have been reported to reach about 4 feet but ours are in the 24- to 30-inch rain and about as wide. Our clumps have been bringing in hummingbirds and butterflies at a volume I have never witnessed.
Rajin ...Read more
Santa Barbara, the terrific dwarf Mexican bush sage, is playing a vital role in Savannah, Ga., as the city is beautifying to Make Way for Monet. This award winning Salvia leucantha is of one of approximately a dozen or so plants designated as part of the Spirit of Monet Collection of Flowers being used to enhance city landscapes.
The impetus ...Read more
The last few weeks the sweet autumn clematis has been among the showiest plants in our cottage garden at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. It was the perfect choice to drape over a new lattice fence. If you have an ugly fence or wall that you need to dress up, this may be the perfect vine for you.
The blooming of our sweet autumn ...Read more
If you are thrilled when a hummingbird comes to your feeder, then you will be ecstatic when they come to the plants you have placed in the landscape. Though much of the country has the first cold front of the year in the forecast, hummingbirds are still feeding, and one group of flowers standing out is the cuphea. If you aren't familiar with ...Read more
Giant heart-shaped leaves and a cluster of a hundred salmon coral flowers in a pagoda-shaped panicle make the Starshine clerodendrum among the most exotic shrubs for the tropical garden. I first saw this variety a few years ago at the Universtiy of Georgia Plant Trials in Athens, Ga. I knew if I was seeing it there it had dynamite potential in ...Read more