The Agastache plants have been laughing in the face of weather that most have called miserable since the beginning of May. The heat combined with no rain was fierce. Then June shows up where we have rainfalls that total four to seven inches a day and although temps are in the 80s the indexes say it feels like 94 plus.
It's been just over 4 ...Read more
An old hibiscus has The Garden Guy under a magical spell this year for a couple of reasons. Now when I say old, I'm not talking about a specific plant but a variety, Fiesta, that made its debut 53 years ago.
It is incredible that major suppliers are still producing Fiesta after all of the countless new varieties that have made their debut in ...Read more
Each year my color-design guru son orders plants for use at his client's homes, shopping centers, apartment communities, and office complexes. Though he is now way better than his dad, I always reserve the right to ask, have you got plenty of blue.
The answer is always, of course, but the question has now been turned to the dad, as he asks me, ...Read more
Holy Wow gardeners you have got to try Waikiki Sunset lysimachia. It's been almost 20 years since I wrote about Outback Sunset and to be honest it just kind of disappeared from the market at the time. Waikiki is different, foliage more brightly variegated and flowers that are much larger acting making a real impact versus a conversation item.
Rockin salvias are living up to that name in Georgia. I have never claimed to be a Madison Avenue marketing guru but the name Rockin for a salvia caught me as strange. Then again, who am I to instruct Proven Winners one of the most successful plant groups in the history of horticulture.
True to the name Rockin Deep Purple and Rockin Fuchsia are...Read more
Last year was a banner year for me in that I saw three Luna moths at my house. Let's just say I am a seasoned horticulturist and wannabe naturalist and probably have seen far less than a dozen in my life. I would ask, how many have you seen and pose the question a little deeper, have you ever seen one?
Some recent photos on Georgia Nature ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Zoey Holmquist-Kuhn, 11, unearthed a slimy white slug and could not have been happier about it.
"I love slugs and worms and ants and spiders and flies and butterflies and moths and caterpillars," she told me. "I like slimy stuff and dirt."
She was in her element, surrounded by a dozen of her fellow Girl Scouts from Troop 25174, ...Read more
Everywhere you look in Georgia, coreopsis, are lighting up the roadsides. It makes no difference whether it is a superhighway or a little country road there is the fiery yellow gold of thousands of coreopsis. You would swear it was The Year of the Coreopsis but believe it or not that was 2018, and besides, we always look like that.
This native ...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
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