I am sure you have heard the saying "stop and smell the roses." Well, let's say that we traveled 55,000 miles and stopped at over two million flowers. What would we get? Tired from bending over, for one thing, but if we were honeybees, we could have made some honey. It takes that many flowers and that much work to make only one pound of honey! I...Read more
Truffula Pink has everyone talking this year and is expected to be among the hottest plants at garden centers. It will be so hot you better buy it when you see it. Truffula is a new Gomphrena pulchella coming from Proven Winners. Like its taller sibling Fireworks, each iridescent hot pink bloom looks as though it is exploding with little yellow ...Read more
Q: On the news, I have seen amazing pictures of the clouds of pine tree pollen in North Carolina. Why is there so much this spring? Is there something wrong with the trees? Why are the trees producing so much pollen?
A: There is nothing wrong with the trees. There are many cycles of growth in nature, and sometimes they overlap. Seven years ago,...Read more
This time of the year as our native dogwoods and azaleas have completed their glorious spring display, something magical happens. At least it does in those old cottage gardens, seen in small towns and hamlets found on America's backroads. Today's young gardeners will see, and utter ... is that a dogwood, where is that fragrance coming from.
Q: We don't have a lot of money for landscaping, but we want to propagate several shrubs in our yard. We want the plants to be the same kind and have the same color leaves and flowers. We figured that collecting and using seeds would potentially give us different colors. We don't have a greenhouse or any way to grow cuttings. What would be an ...Read more
As a graduate student at Texas A&M, it was brought to my attention on more than one occasion about the incredible preservation work of Caroline Dorman from Louisiana. Though I never knew her, I do know she made a lasting contribution in the world of native flowers that is still recognized today. Her work comes to life when you visit the Caroline...Read more
Clover and Weed Control
Q: There is an outbreak of clover on my lawn and in my flower beds. It has been spreading for several years. I tried a pre-emergent weed killer, and it didn't help. What do you recommend to prevent it from taking over the whole lawn?
A: There was a time when the pre-emergent weed killer may have helped, but that time is...Read more
Supertunia Daybreak Charm captured my heart right from the start last April. I had some experience with Supertunia Indigo Charm in Savannah and loved it but Daybreak Charm is different. It's artistic and colorful with sunshine yellow throats surrounded by a rich watermelon pink. I was most surprised that they lasted through the heat of July and ...Read more
Q: Our flowerbeds need mulch. We have seen mulch that is colored red or black. The black mulch looks nice, but we are concerned that the coloring may not be safe for our dogs, and for any vegetables we plant.
A: The dyes used to color wood mulch are primarily carbon-based and iron oxide-based. Iron oxide (rust) is the most commonly used dye. It...Read more
It is happening all across the South right now and probably rates high on the list as one of the saddest moments in the landscape. It is, of course, when gardeners come to that realization that they have been 'Out Phloxed' another year, by their neighbors! If you are in this category, then now is the time to correct the situation by planting ...Read more
Believe it or not, spring is coming. It has started in the south and is moving north. Spring is an exciting time to be a gardener, but it can also be a bit overwhelming. Sometimes the whole yard and all its many nooks and crannies can seem overwhelming.
It does not matter if your yard is new or old. Planning is one of the most important steps. ...Read more
The National Garden Bureau has proclaimed 2019 as The Year of the Salvia. I would be the first to proclaim a hearty AMEN! Then I started thinking that for The Garden Guy every year is the year of the salvia. Then I went into despair thinking what if I had a year without salvia? It would be like the old "Hee Haw" TV show song, "Gloom Despair and ...Read more
I am often asked how a landscape can be changed or added to so that it will attract more wildlife. Usually, this means birds and butterflies and not pesky mammals.
Birds and other wildlife live in areas that give them the proper food, water and shelter. We call these areas habitats. Ducks live in lake habitats. Squirrels live in forested ...Read more
'Living Coral' is the Pantone Color of the Year for 2019 as set by the gurus of all things color. Typically, we think of clothing or fashion, home decor, and all things indoors when it comes to the color of the year but The Garden Guy says let's take this outside too.
Coral or as they say Living Coral is probably the rarest of flower colors ...Read more
Purple Daydream will capture your heart and probably make you forget all other varieties of loropetalum. I'm growing it with October Magic orchid camellias, Autumn Jewel azaleas and Gold Mound chamaecyapris and its graceful and elegant habit just screams "look at me."
Purple Daydream reaches about 3-feet tall with a slightly pendulous spread to...Read more
Last week, we talked about the plant varieties that have won the 2018 Green Thumb Awards presented by the Direct Gardening Association (formerly called the Mail Order Gardening Association). This week we look at the tools and accessories category. The winning products are judged on their uniqueness; technological innovation; ability to solve a ...Read more
The red buckeye blooms have started so let the hummingbird and butterfly season commence. This report came in the form of a photograph from an excited gardener who wanted it identified. He was seeing it for the first time and was riveted by its beauty.
I still get thrilled when I see them at the forests' edge or along the roadside. You have to ...Read more
Four new plant varieties and two new gardening products have won the 2019 Green Thumb Awards presented by the Direct Gardening Association (formerly called the Mailorder Gardening Association). This is the 21st year of the Green Thumb Awards, and I was on the judging panel. This week we look at the plants, and next week the products. The winners...Read more
Magic is happening all across the Southeast right now with incredible blooms of the early season magnolias. If you have never seen them then you might be thinking I am talking about some early variety of the Southern magnolia of which movies are made, and books are written.
These are different and go by names like saucer magnolia, tulip ...Read more
Q: In the past couple of years, we planted several kinds of evergreen and deciduous trees in our landscape. We carefully checked the hardiness zone maps before planting. We are in zone 5, which is supposed to have extreme minimum winter temperatures of -10 to -20 degrees Fahrenheit. During the polar vortex at the end of January, our thermometer ...Read more