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
If you are into bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, then by all means put the monarda or beebalm species at the top of your must-plant list. I find it amusing that in more than 20 years of garden writing, I've never touted a beebalm. I've always loved the scarlet beebalm, Monarda didyma, especially when hummingbirds come into feed. When examined...Read more
As the dog days of summer make many of us cast a wishful eye toward the Arctic for relief and our gardens look a little tired, gingers start to really put on a show. Though it was in the Caribbean that I first developed a passion for them, they have since become an integral part in all of my personal gardens. They are doing that now at the ...Read more
When It's Time to Say GoodbyeMarti Tote
"When It's Time To Say Good-Bye," is a beautiful story of life, love, perseverance and the will to survive even when all seems hopeless. It will grace you with the understanding and significance of each and every breath we take. It will hopefully give you the courage to take chances as you ...
No plant can stir up a conversation this time of the year quite like the false roselle or African rosemallow. The reason it stirs up the conversation is that a huge percentage of the visitors think it is a Japanese maple. Indeed the selling point of the plant is the incredible foliage.
Those gardeners who do grow it probably don't refer to it ...Read more
Chalk up another award for Little Ruby. In a period when we write about, or tout, some new coleus on what seems a weekly basis, there is one little alternanthera out there hitting it out of the park.
Little Ruby is a variety of Alternanthera dentata developed in South America and becoming one of the hottest trends in garden color. If the ...Read more
If you love garden fragrance and non-stop bee and butterfly activity, then the sweet almond verbena or tree verbena is a must for your landscape. Those traits, coupled with drought tolerance and ease of growing, were just some of the reasons it was chosen as the Florida Plant of the Year in 2008.
Botanically speaking it known as Aloysia ...Read more
The Rio Grande globe amaranth should be coming to a garden center near you, thanks to a new series called Qis Gomphrena. It is tough-as-nails, beautiful and attracts butterflies and pollinators.
You would think that a common name like Rio Grande globe amaranth and even flashy named varieties like Strawberry Fields would make it a staple at ...Read more
Once upon a time, it was unusual to have chefs who shopped at farmers markets, who established relationships with growers and whose menus often read more like pages from the Seed Savers catalog than what's for dinner. Now having a "market-driven" menu is common, even expected, especially in Los Angeles, where there are neighborhood farmers ...Read more
The search for the perfect rusty orange coleus may have ended with a hot new selection called Campfire. It is rare when a plant debuts at the Spring Plant Trials in California and then becomes the hot commodity at the garden center the same season, but such is the case with Campfire.
Campfire certainly has an appropriate name as it takes on ...Read more