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On Gardening: Amistad salvia gives your beds the royal treatment

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Until something unseats it, Amistad salvia is the most beautiful salvia to ever hit the market. Amistad is a Salvia guaranitica or anise sage and is a rich purple violet color fit for royalty. You can't fault a name like Amistad or Friendship salvia. This plant is special and deserving of something regal.

But as Shakespeare said, "What's in a ...Read more

On Gardening: In praise of a $5 butterfly and its mistletoe

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I remember it like yesterday. I returned from a Rotary Club meeting in Mission, Tex., to see a good sized group with cameras gathered around a patch of flowers at the National Butterfly Center there. I quickly went in and asked what were they seeing? The answer was a Great Purple Hairstreak butterfly. Today when I give a presentation on ...Read more

On Gardening: Giant leopard plant a spectacular member of the aster family

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Members of the aster family can be described by a lot of wonderful adjectives, but "lush" and "tropical" are typically not among them. Yet that is the case with the giant leopard plant. Botanically speaking, I am referring to Farfugium japonicum 'Giganteum,' and though it is found growing on rocky cliffs in Japan, Korea and Taiwan, it is turning...Read more

On Gardening: Native cross vine creates picture-perfect arbor or trellis

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My jaw dropped as I stared at the most beautiful cross vine used to perfection. It is a rare garden I visit where the native cross vine is used to its true potential, but such is the case at home in Savannah, Ga.'s beautiful historic district. The Victorian Style home was painted a golden apricot that served as a stunning backdrop.

I've got ...Read more

On Gardening: Red Buckeye blooms in rhythm with hummingbird's return

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The southern roadside and forest are alive with the spectacular blooms of the red buckeye, Aesculus pavia. You have to admit it is pretty amazing how nature times blooming in sequence with the return of the hummingbirds. Last year I wrote about the coral honeysuckle that is also blooming now, and both are providing nectar to the first ...Read more

On Gardening: Invest in crinum lilies for long-term beauty and fragrance

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It was love at first sight that day in Brookhaven, Miss., when I came across the grand crinum lily, Crinum asiaticum, I fell in love even though it wasn't blooming. The tree-like structure of the stem or stalk and the large exotic foliage sold me with its texture before I had even experienced the beauty of the white blooms or tantalizing ...Read more

On Gardening: A salute to the Spanish flag

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As spring fast approaches to our favorite past time of gardening it is high time we give some thought to raising the Spanish flag. While that is a little tongue and cheek the extraordinarily beautiful vine we call Spanish flag is certainly one that will cause your friends and neighbors to be green with envy. It is has another common name, exotic...Read more

On Gardening: Saucer magnolias dazzle the spring landscape

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The winter has been fickle in my area of coastal Georgia, but the cool season magnolias have still been breathtakingly beautiful. The common names like saucer magnolia, tulip magnolia and Japanese magnolia all seem to fit this incredible cross originally credited to one of Napoleon's retired soldiers.

Botanically speaking we refer to them as ...Read more

On Gardening: Holly makes a jolly-good screen for noise, traffic

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If you are thinking about creating a privacy screen between you and your unruly neighbors or perhaps wanting to quiet traffic from a busy street, look no further than one of our fine evergreen hollies. Your first inclination is probably a fence, and while that would certainly work it does present a host of issues including maintenance, harsh ...Read more

On Gardening: Try this lily-turned-iris; George Washington did

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What can you do with a blackberry lily? The answer is, anything you want. All gardens are made better with the addition of this persevering heirloom iris. You thought I said blackberry lily, and now I am referring to it as iris. Yes, Virginia, it has always looked like an iris from the standpoint of foliage and recently its scientific name has ...Read more

On Gardening: Flash Mobs in your garden

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You may associate flash mobs with dazzling music performances in the least-expected public places, but now you had better get used to sizzling displays of Flash Mobs in the gardens.

It's been a couple of years since the stunning Flash Mob Bluerific petunia made its debut in the gardening world, and its rare color coupled with its dynamite ...Read more

On Gardening: Succulents are rock stars of the container stage

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The succulent frenzy looks to continue as we head into spring, and if you are not on the bandwagon yet, you have been missing one of the hottest trends of the last five years. This trend has turned designing mixed containers on its head as it has partnered rare beauty with low maintenance, too.

I first witnessed this in 2009 when the ...Read more

On Gardening: Tassel fern brings out the best in other plants

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The tassel fern offers rare beauty, form and texture in the landscape, and everyone with a woodland garden should put this at the top of their list. Mention landscape ferns and most of us think about those that retreat under the mulch and soil line once freezing weather arrives. But the tassel fern known botanically as Polystichum polyblepharum ...Read more

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