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On Gardening: Croton, the world's most colorful shrub

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It has been called the world's most colorful shrub which is certainly not an exaggeration and I have been in love with it ever since I made my first visit to the Caribbean 30 years ago. If you are a gardener then you probably know the plant I am talking about is the croton.

Crotons are known botanically as Codiaeum variegatum and though I first...Read more

On Gardening: Everillo carex or sedge adds texture and drama to the tropical landscape

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In the last couple of years, there have been few plants that totally overwhelmed me with their beauty in the garden like Everillo. I briefly touched on this incredible sedge last winter but now after watching it for the second year, and seeing it through a brutal summer, even more, I know this is a must-have plant.

I have always lamented that ...Read more

On Gardening: Hurricane Hermine brings magic flowers after the rain

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Hurricane Hermine came in and was a tropical storm by the time it reached Savannah and while it left a wake of plant destruction it also magically brought us blooms by the dozens. The storm hit on Friday; on Tuesday morning when we returned after the Labor Day holiday we were welcomed by rain lilies.

Friday the day of Hermine's arrival the rain...Read more

On Gardening: Cape Plumbago entices a variety of colorful butterflies to your backyard

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Growing Cape Plumbago is like having your own personal ticket to the butterfly wild kingdom. Not only will you be the proprietor of the daily nectar cafe but depending on where you live you will also be celebrating young ones as this is a host plant for the Cassius Blue butterfly.

This comes from someone who has become a recent butterfly geek ...Read more

On Gardening: Copper worth every penny in the summer landscape

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This morning in Savannah, the heat and humidity were simply staggering but as I drove into the garden there they were, two acalypha plants, the tropical troopers of the landscape. What I was looking at were Java White and the bright red cat tail like blooms of chenille plant.

When it comes to August temperatures we as gardeners need some tough ...Read more

On Gardening: Lime Sizzler, dazzling new firebush

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You can spot Lime Sizzler a mile away! Well, that may be a slight exaggeration but the new Lime Sizzler firebush is definitely an attention grabber. Ever since firebush was declared a Texas Super Star Winner, 20 years ago, it has captured the fancy of gardeners, hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Now with the addition of Lime Sizzler, everyone...Read more

On Gardening: Princess flower offers landscapes the color of royalty

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The princess flower loads up with uncountable blossoms of royal purple, making it unchallenged as the most beautiful plant in the late summer garden. Botanically speaking the princess flower is known as Tibouchina urvilleana and is native to Brazil the site of the 2016 Olympics. The family name is Melastomataceae and is most likely quite rare at...Read more

On Gardening: Curcuma gingers offer us the crown jewels of the plant world

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Names like Queen Lily and Emperor belong to an incredible group or genera of gingers called Curcuma, and they are among the most beautiful plants you can grow in the landscape. As the names suggest, they are indeed fit for royalty.

In addition to these, there are others that might best be described as the crown jewels. Jewel of Thailand, Jewel ...Read more

On Gardening: Cora Cascade vinca spreading color and happiness

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The last time I reported on the Cora Cascade was in 2010; so much has changed with this trailing beauty, it's now even better than we knew it then, so I thought I'd write an update.

Cora Cascade vinca has been beating the brutal summers in simply amazing fashion and if you are looking for trailing color look no further. Twice this summer I have...Read more

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


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