Our American Hemerocallis Society Display Garden is in full bloom and while they all are extraordinarily beautiful there are those certain varieties that just keep me fixated. I started noticing a few similar traits and as I researched them I realized they were all tetraploids. So instead of being diploid with each cell having two sets of ...Read more
When it comes to selecting a thriller plant for your mixed container, I would like to put forth the idea of using a banana. They have the ability to instantly capture the imagination of all who gaze upon them and there is an immediate sense of tropical islands and gentle ocean breezes. It really makes no difference if you are using an ornamental...Read more
One of my favorite garden quotes comes courtesy of Thomas Jefferson who said 'but though an old man, I am but a young gardener.' Though I am not quite ready to take ownership of the old part, I have been feeling that I too am but a young gardener. This is largely thanks to Jamie Burghardt our Horticultural coordinator here at the Coastal Georgia...Read more
Each morning I pull into my parking spot which is right in front of our cottage garden. This time of the year it is the bluest blue greeting me thanks to our native spiderwort. Spiderworts are known botanically as Tradescantia virginiana and native over a huge range of the country covering some thirty states. Those states where it is not native ...Read more
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
Tales of My Large, Loud, Spiritual FamilyKatherine Agranovich
When Katherine hypnotizes her daughter Jessica to pass a math quiz, the teenager reports seeing two angels who give her sage advice. With that, the gates of consciousness fly open and the realm of spirit bursts through, propelling the Agranovich clan on a rollercoaster ride full of mystical ...
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
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