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On Gardening: No snow job: Arizona cypress makes a lovely Christmas tree

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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

On Gardening: Elephant ears leave a large footprint in tropical landscape

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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

On Gardening: It's not Russian and it's not sage, but this plant is a true beauty

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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

On Gardening: Trumpeting the scrambling Blue Glory vine

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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

On Gardening: Caterpillars are lowly no longer

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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

On Gardening: Brilliant camellias add to the fall colors

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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

On Gardening: Fall gardens worth their weight in goldenrods

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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

On Gardening: New-generation abelia shrubs put on quite a show

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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.

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On Gardening: Ragin Cajun seasons landscape with vivid red blooms

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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

On Gardening: Colorful bush sage will enhance the palette for Monet celebration

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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

On Gardening: Autumn clematis provides cover and color

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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

On Gardening: Cuphea good for hummingbird and colorful fireworks

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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

On Gardening: Make room, literally, for this expansive tropical shrub

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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

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