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On Gardening: This daylily is like a blaze of glory

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Last year I had the opportunity to trial a new daylily and I can tell you it went out in a blaze of glory. This happened for a couple of reasons. The first and foremost is that its name is Blazing Glory and it is making its debut this year as part of the Proven Winners Rainbow Rhythm collection.

This group now consists of 16 varieties and if ...Read more

The Greener View: Amaryllis Red Blotch Disease

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Q: My amaryllis bulbs bloomed nicely, but now the leaves are breaking off. There are red spots on the leaves and on the sides of the bulb. The red spots are even on bulbs that had white flowers, so I would not expect red coloring on the leaves or bulb. What could be causing this?

A: You are accurately describing a fungus disease called red ...Read more

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On Gardening: Luminary Sunset Coral phlox will have you mesmerized

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Sitting on my driveway right now are three Luminary Sunset Coral tall garden phlox, Phlox paniculata. Just saying that color makes me expect a bolt of lightning to strike, and a mysterious voice to say it’s not nice to fool Mother Nature. This variety, still new to most everyone, is so beautiful in color and defies description.

There was a ...Read more

The Greener View: Can Trees Be Male or Female?

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Q: A coworker said that her allergies were acting up because there were so many male trees blooming. I didn't think there were male and female trees. I don't remember what I learned in botany class. Are there male and female trees?

A: There are some tree species with separate male and female plants, but most trees have both male and female ...Read more

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On Gardening: To avoid stress designing containers, keep it 'all in the family'

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a column that stressed you grow containers in a mono culture style and cluster them together to create a garden look, when designing mixed containers. This week we’ll take it up a notch and say keep it ‘"all in the family." To be taxonomically correct, I should say keep it in the genus, but you will easily see what I...Read more

The Greener View: Salt in a Freshwater Pond?

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Question: We have a koi and goldfish pond with a few plants in it. We have heard that we should add salt to the pond, but we are unclear about how much is OK, how much is too much, what it does and if it will hurt the plants.

Answer: Let's first cover why you should add salt. The fish's bodies are saltier than the water in the pond. So, water ...Read more

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On Gardening: Superbena Sparkling Verbenas offer unusual appeal

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Sparkling Rose may sound like an adult libation at your favorite Italian restaurant, but in the gardening world it is a Superbena or should I say a Super Verbena. Some in the green industry might consider it a novelty bedding plant, mainly due to its coloration. Personally, I don’t like the adjective novelty, mostly because of the dictionary�...Read more

The Greener View: Using the Right Lawn Weedkiller

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Q: I wanted my landscaper to use a weed and feed type of fertilizer on my lawn for several kinds of weeds. He said that it wasn't a good idea as it could kill my trees and shrubs. He wants to use a spray liquid weedkiller, but I am afraid that it will drift onto my flower beds. We are at an impasse. What do you think of these two methods?

A: I ...Read more

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On Gardening: Superbells Blackcurrant Punch brings rare color for baskets and mixed containers

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The Garden Guy has become completely mesmerized by a bowl of blackcurrants.

You can guess I am having a little fun with you. I am not talking about the fruit but the flowers referred to as Superbells Blackcurrant Punch.

This year most everything came through the winter, including a few plants where I am even asking, "Where did you come from?"...Read more

The Greener View: Hypertufa Planter

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Q: Recently, I was reading an old garden magazine at the doctor's office about making your own concrete planter. I was going to ask about copying it, but I forgot and now the magazine is not there. Do you know what the ingredients are and how to make a concrete planter?

A: I do know, and it is a project that many gardeners can complete. First, ...Read more

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On Gardening: Cobalt verbena super from north to south

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It’s planting season for many and verbenas are high on the list. We had just fallen in love with Superbena Imperial Blue verbena and piled on a bunch of awards then, stop the presses! It has a new name, which is now Superbena Cobalt. Not sure if this would be similar to Shakespeare’s "what’s in a name" scenario, but one thing is for ...Read more

The Greener View: Growing Bell Peppers

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Q: I love red and purple bell peppers, but I can't seem to grow them in my garden. I buy them at a local garden center. They look healthy, but at the end of the summer, I only get a few peppers from each plant.

A: Bell peppers are one of the most-planted vegetables, and I have heard your complaint before. Many garden vegetables start producing ...Read more

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They transformed a sad, junk-filled yard into a DIY native plant wonderland

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LOS ANGELES -- At the top of a roller-coaster hill in Highland Park, Thomas Zamora and his husband, Raul Rojas, enjoy two spectacular views — of the Pasadena hills to the east and of the meandering expanse of native plants, succulents and vegetables in a backyard that once was nothing but dirt and junk cars.

It's been an evolution of nearly a...Read more

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On Gardening: Sunstar pentas: Award-winning flowers through fall

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The early spring, at least in the South, has everyone drooling for new plants. The supply chain from producer to garden center somehow pulled off a miracle and the supply has never looked better. The Garden Guy wants to urge everyone to also incorporate those flowers that will still be rocking come the hottest days of summer, which is usually ...Read more

The Greener View: Gypsum

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Question: I recently moved to a new home, and I thought the lawn looked like it needed some help, so I went to the store for some gypsum. Where I used to live, gypsum was added to the lawns all the time. I was told that in my new region, no one adds gypsum, but some people add limestone. What are gypsum and limestone used for? What can I do to ...Read more

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On Gardening: Lava-like Lemon Coral sedum catches the eye as it spills over containers

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The world seems to have a fascination with volcanoes and even more so with lava flow. We’ve got volcano lava cookware, lava salt lamps, lava rock mulch. Some of my favorite glazed pottery designs are called lava flow as they mimic molten lava spilling over the rim. Then The Garden Guy does a Facebook post with what looks like lime green lava ...Read more

The Greener View: Easter Lilies

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Easter is Sunday, March 31, this year. Last year it was April 9, and next year it won't be until April 20. Even though Easter lilies have only a two-week moving sales window related to the date that Easter falls, they are the fourth-largest potted plant crop behind poinsettias, mums and azaleas. Even though we see them for such a short time, ...Read more

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On Gardening: The year of the buddleia; butterflies and hummingbirds celebrate

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The National Garden Bureau has selected several plants under their "year of" program. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the Year of the Angelonia, their chosen annual. In their choice for the shrub designate, the National Garden Bureau has gone where few have dared to tread, the Year of the Buddleia. I could not be more thrilled!

No plant ...Read more

The Greener View: Crabgrass and Dormant Oil

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Question: Does dead crabgrass look like white dead clumps dotted around the lawn? If so, should one dig each one up and fill in with fescue seed, fertilizer and dirt?

Answer: At this time of year, all dead annual and many dormant perennial grasses look like white dead clumps. If the good grass in your lawn has some signs of green and there are ...Read more

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On Gardening: This summer head to Rockapulco for shady color

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The past couple of weeks gardeners have been writing to me asking for ideas for colorful combinations in baskets, window boxes and containers for shady environments. I like to quip back in humor and ask how they would like a rose? Everyone would, of course, except for the thorns, but the rose I am talking about is for the shade, has no thorns ...Read more

 

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