If the frigid winter has you crying for some Florida sunshine, you are not alone. In the past few months, I have moved to Hamilton, Ga., and have been furiously planting hollies, camellias, conifers, and a few other select evergreens to start giving the bones to my new landscape. After days on end of high teens and low 20s, I couldn't be happier...Read more
Officially it is Oriental paperbush; others call it Chinese paperbush or just paperbush. While some describe it as a mounding, suckering deciduous shrub, I think it is like a beautiful piece of art in the garden. Like the names suggest it has been used to make fine paper.
Botanically speaking it is known as Edgeworthia chrysantha, and it ...Read more
In Japanese the word Kanjiro means you must feel. I'm not sure if that means to touch or to experience, to me the Kanjiro camellia is one to experience. Kanjio is known botanically as Camellia hiemalis and it made its debut in 1954. Touting a camellia cultivar that's entering its 64th year is a testament to both its character and performance in ...Read more
It seems as though every year since I graduated from Texas A&M I have been asked how to get poinsettias to re-bloom. It doesn't take long into the discussion before the gardener knows the task is more than formidable. On the other hand, the Christmas cactus, so rare in beauty, is actually easy to grow and re-bloom, maybe for the rest of your ...Read more
This fall has been amazing for those of us who have been growing the Bouquet series of dianthus. The flower power of this dianthus is unmatched in the gardening world. I admit there was a little anxiety with the recent winter storm called Benji. Now Bouquet Purple was a Minnesota Select Perennial Plant of the Year, so we know it has excellent ...Read more
This time of the year everyone is thinking of decking the halls with hollies and their colorful red berries, but you just may want to consider adding a touch of gold. Can you even imagine hollies with bright golden berries? These would show out in the landscape like small trees or shrubs adorned with a thousand little golden lights and the same ...Read more
The flaming fall foliage of the Chinese pistache trees in Savannah are a visual testaments that they are indeed champions of color. The fiery oranges, reds, and yellows scream as if to say look at me. Believe me, you will, and if you are packing a camera, you will take a photo. They are not to be ignored.
Here at the Coastal Georgia Botanical ...Read more
If I asked if you had bugleweed in your garden you would probably gasp and say I hope not. That's just one of those unfortunate names for not only a great ground cover but a terrific plant to use in your cool season mixed containers.
Think of it as not a weed but ajuga which is a plant for the entire country as it is cold hardy from zones 3-10....Read more
Make no mistake about it; if you have ever thought a viola couldn't dazzle like a pansy, then you haven't tried ColorMax. ColorMax is a relatively new series of viola coming to us from Sakata Seed that has completely shocked me with its flower power. It is a maximum show of colors with these violas.
I am the ultimate pansy and viola lover ...Read more
The Georgia Department of Transportation is teaching all of us about an old floral favorite that needs to be brought back to the garden, the cosmos. I see them along Interstate 16 starting around mile marker 98 going north and the nature scape, if you will, is amazing.
What is even more exciting is that the future of these types of floral ...Read more
These new snapdragons aren't just fantastic they're simply Snaptastic, and they fill a void longed for in the market. Snaptastic a new series coming from Syngenta is considered medium in height reaching 14 to 16 inches.
Snapdragons are planted in the fall in much of the country so as you shop you'll most likely see these riotous colors tempting...Read more
Many of you will no doubt be handing out treats like candy corn this Halloween and, if I may suggest, you need some Candy Corn in the garden too. Of course, the candy corn in the garden isn't for your sweet tooth but to add an incredible array of color and texture that will beautify your landscape.
While it doesn't satisfy your sweet tooth, it ...Read more