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
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.
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
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
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
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
'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
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
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
It is highly likely that as camellia shows occur throughout the country, the Frank Houser and Variegated Frank Houser will be the ones getting the wows. I would be so bold as to say look for some of them around the winner's table.
It seems that for one reason or another the camellia industry has been associated with heroes and those with a ...Read more
After the Polar Vortex visit, it left many of us thinking about life in the tropics or at the bare minimum longing for summer, gardening, and splashing in the pool. In reality, it will not be long until the backyard becomes our corner of paradise, our secret garden if we add a few tropical plants.
The tropical style garden is about an attitude ...Read more
If you have found yourself down on heuchera or coral bells then I would like to urge you to give them a new cool season shot. All heuchera species are native to the United States but many of us judge the plant's performance in July's hot, summer sun, which is definitely not their friend; they are really more acclimated to a shady or filtered ...Read more