Hunting orchids reminds me a lot of hunting arrowheads. You have to find a couple and your eyes get trained to the goal or objective. I have treasured these moments as I climbed through rain forest or cloud forest on the Dutch island of Saba and in the National Park on the French island of Guadeloupe and the majestic El Yunque National Forest in...Read more
Recently the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah, Ga., has been building bridges, though they might look short, in reality they stretch all the way to Louisiana.
Thanks to almost a thousand rhizomes courtesy of a leading Louisiana iris nursery, we are now showing thousands of visitors, and a region of the country, the incredible ...Read more
Petunias have always been among my favorite summer flowers and when African Sunset made its debut as an All-America Selections Bedding Plant Award Winner in 2014 I couldn't wait to give them a try. Despite my affection for these flowers, not since the Sanguna Atomic Blue petunia came out has another variety captured my attention in such a way.
I remember the day we all walked into Benary seed's plant trials in California and saw the BIG begonia for the first time. We knew immediately this plant was something special. My thoughts were centered mostly on whether I could capture a photographic image that would tell the story.
I pretty much failed that day for a couple of reasons. First ...Read more
If you are looking for a special wow factor for the spring landscape and you live in zone 8 or warmer then you have to put the Rosalinda Indian hawthorne at the top of the list. If you are thinking Indian hawthornes are ho-hum plants then you haven't seen Rosalinda and particularly the tree form, they will literally take your breath away.
I ...Read more
There seems to be a huge revival of geranium use in my area and perhaps yours, too, depending on when spring arrives near you. In other words, our area just may be ahead of northern zones.
You have to admit there is a lot to love about the geranium. Their flower stalks give a most impressive show, great for landscape and designer-like ...Read more
This time of the year something magical begins to happen over the eastern two-thirds of the United States and that is the spring arrival of phlox. It will be happening from Texas north to Quebec, Canada and then to the east coast.
If you think about it geographically that is quite extraordinary that the woodland phlox or wild blue phlox, Phlox ...Read more
If you are designing mixed containers this year for the porch patio or deck, then by all means consider the little sedum or stonecrop from Mexico. The botanical name is Sedum mexicanum and couple dazzling color along with a tough-as-nails performance for the long growing season ahead. Actually in zones 7-11you will be getting a rock solid ...Read more
SHOT DOWN: The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan RuthSteve Snyder
An Amazon #1 Best Seller and winner of 15 national book awards, SHOT DOWN is set within the framework of World War II in Europe and recounts the dramatic experiences of each member of a ten man B-17 bomber crew after their plane, piloted by the author's father, was knocked out of the sky by ...
Gardeners everywhere it seems are planning their flower display for the warm season landscape. I, too, have been pouring over availability lists seeing what will be available in our market this spring. One group of plants, pentas to be exact, caught my eye. It wasn't just pentas but it was the varieties that will be offered that caught my ...Read more
If names like japonica, sasanqua, reticulata and even hiemalis are unfamiliar to you then there is a chance you are missing some of the truly great shrubs for the landscape. On the other hand I know there are some of you gardening aficionados who will immediately recognize these are camellia species.
As a young horticulturist, I found group ...Read more
Gardeners looking for the perfect hanging-basket plant this spring and summer will be thrilled with a new begonia series with parentage that goes back to the Bolivian Andes Mountains where the first ones were discovered in the 1800s.
Botanically speaking, they are known as Begonia boliviensis with the common name Bolivian begonia. They have ...Read more
The national association says it is only a grass, but not many plants are looked at with heart pounding fear and trepidation, as bamboo. But it is that grass element that caught us all by surprise last spring.
You see bamboo does bloom. It is not predictable and it is not necessarily something celebrated by horticulturists as maintenance will ...Read more
Snapdragon relatives like diascia and nemesia, still seem to be unfamiliar names to the gardeners I speak to even though they have been around for 15 or more years. It seems gardeners are willing to grow snaps but still aren't sure about the smaller cousins. The sundiascia series however should give everyone a swift kick to get it in the ground....Read more