Panicle hydrangeas, or Hydrangea paniculata varieties, have skyrocketed in popularity, largely thanks to producers that have given us more varieties than we could have ever imagined. The Garden Guy is here to tell you the panicle partnerships for the landscape are only limited by your imagination.
If you find yourself asking "What panicle ...Read more
Q: I have an old oak tree. During the recent cicada invasion, this tree took a mighty hit from those insects. Numerous small branches began to fall. I assumed they were falling because of the cicadas having made slits in the branches to lay eggs.
Then, later, the tree began to literally dry up. The moss on part of its bark began to fade and dry...Read more
When I was asked to trial the new Luscious Citron lantana my first thought was: Why in the world do we need another yellow lantana? But six months later, I know the answer. It has to do with butterflies. I’ll get to that in a minute.
Let’s start by looking at the color orange. There is a huge group of gardeners that think orange is too ...Read more
Q: All of a sudden, half my lawn grass died. It is mostly on the sunny side, with some in the shade. This doesn't look like the grass has simply gone dormant with the usual hot, dry summer weather. When I pull up on the grass, it just comes off by the handful without the roots. Any ideas on what happened and what to do next? The lawn is many ...Read more
No color stirs the passion in serious gardeners like blue. Sure, we like orange, yellow, red and pink, but blue is the must-have color for mixed containers and baskets. It is like having sapphires in our pocket plantings by the front entrance to the home. It is for this reason The Garden Guy was eager to put Superbena Imperial Blue verbena to ...Read more
Q: I read your column and want to add to your answer to the question of why the rose plant hasn't bloomed again despite new branches. You mentioned that it could be the variety of rose or the lack of fertilizer.
I also had this problem in New England and found that I had a midge (tiny flying insect you can't really see) that enters the newly ...Read more
The biggest surprise in The Garden Guy’s testing this year comes courtesy of the Soprano impatiens. I cannot remember the last time I planted what we call bedding impatiens. I sure I had dark hair and was still helping children with homework. All I can say is, holy wow.
If you have forgotten about impatiens, these plants will give ...Read more
Q: A circle of mushrooms suddenly appeared in my lawn, which has never happened before. The mushrooms are about six inches tall and almost orange in color. How do I get rid of them, and are they harming the grass?
A: Your lawn has a fairy ring, also known as an elf ring or pixie ring. It was once believed that one of these creatures danced in a...Read more
The Garden Guy is boldly going into August with geraniums blazing. I could also say I am going into August with Boldly geraniums blazing. It wasn’t too long ago that August and geraniums in the South would have been the definition of a garden oxymoron. Boldly geraniums have changed all that.
You might be wondering how that could have happened...Read more
Q: Our new house has a few apple and pear trees. They are older trees, but they don't have a lot of fruit. How do we tell when they are ripe?
A: The first thing to know about apple trees is how many days it has been since the tree was in bloom. The length of time from blooming to harvest is listed in information about every apple tree variety, ...Read more
If someone had told me that there was a heliotrope that could hang with a lantana over a long hot and wet summer, I would have said sure, when pigs fly. Well, clear Runway One because Augusta Lavender is arriving for spring 2022.
I am writing this as much for the greenhouse grower as the home gardener; this plant is a winner and put it in ...Read more
Q: I lost all twelve of my Leyland cypress trees to seiridium canker. I was told by an arborist that the disease spread via the ground, and that there wasn't anything I could have done to prevent it in the first place. He explained that once they were infected, there was nothing I could have done to save them.
Some of the trees were higher than...Read more
If you have thought about growing calla lilies but doubted your abilities, know this: If I can do it, you can too! I was sent some bulbs for testing in late April. My first bloom was around June 1 and I still have dozens of blooms and can see more coming, but like you, I am still doubting myself.
In my box for testing were the six varieties of ...Read more
Summer is rose time, so let's answer some of your questions about roses.
Q: My roses are dropping their leaves. They turn yellow and fall off. What can I do?
A: Take a close look at the leaves. Are they just turning yellow, or do they have some black spots on the yellow leaves? If they are just yellow, there are several possible causes. ...Read more
This morning I was up early (for me) and could barely make out the plants outside. But I saw the Superbells calibrachoas moving as if a ghost were in the midst. I knew immediately it was a Ruby-throated hummingbird wasting no time in the daily feeding ritual.
Despite the Proven Winners tag mentioning hummingbirds, it has really been quite the ...Read more
Q: We have some bearded iris that have spread out from their original planted spot and now form a circle with an empty spot in the middle. Can we divide them and replant them back into the spot they came from? It is the best location to see them from between some bushes.
A: Yes, you can divide them, and now is a good time to do it. Generally, ...Read more
Sweet Caroline Medusa Green is an architectural plant of the first order.
I know what you're thinking: Isn’t that a sweet potato?
The answer is a hearty yes, and AMEN, thank you! Sweet Caroline Medusa Green is like no other sweet potato.
Let’s chase a rabbit for a second. Do a Google search for an architectural plant and you will see ...Read more
Q: Would it harm a tree if I built a simple tree house in it? It would be nothing elaborate: a deck, three walls and a roof. I was thinking of the nails that would have to be used to make firm steps for my grandchildren and for the support braces.
A: A few nails or bolts in a tree trunk will not harm the tree. The tree needs to be solid to ...Read more
LOS ANGELES — Every weekend morning, residents of L.A.'s Leimert Park Village community can expect to see La Nola Smith tending to her succulent stand, South Central Succs, just outside the front window of the Ivory Coast Hair Salon at the corner of 43rd Street and Degnan Boulevard.
Smith, a spoken-word artist, in-home health care aide and ...Read more
"Good golly, Miss Molly. How beautiful you are."
That's just the response one of my Facebook followers wrote upon seeing my post.
This was a statement of awe about one of the best butterfly bushes in the market and not my incredible photo of a pipevine swallowtail feeding on it. But that's OK, Pat — I agree with you!
Miss Molly reaches 4 ...Read more