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On Gardening: Cool season edibles offer dazzling beauty for the garden or landscape

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The cool season vegetable garden can be one of incredible beauty all the while providing tasty produce. Such is the case with the Columbus Botanical Garden. Their Sally Adams vegetable terraces, located adjacent to the old historic Gin House, were designed by the renowned landscape architecture firm, Studio Outside Landscape Architecture of ...Read more

On Gardening: Yuletide camellia the landscape's Christmas plant

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It is hard for The Garden Guy to imagine a more perfect Christmas plant for the landscape than Yuletide camellia. When you think about the colors of Christmas, red, green and gold are front and center and Yuletide puts them all on display.

The green is most obvious and that is the deep evergreen foliage that would make you want the plant for ...Read more

On Gardening: Native yuccas create landscape excitement

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Look out America, Color Guard and Golden Sword are changing landscapes in dramatic fashion. Believe it or not, these two selections of our native Yucca filamentosa are crushing the cookie cutter, lookalike landscapes, no matter the season.

Now when I say our native, I'm not talking the desert southwest but the east from Texas to New York. That'...Read more

On Gardening: Your backyard birds need water

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Two old tomato cages and a couple of rescued terra cotta saucers have made the Garden Guy's yard a "Finch Riviera." It hasn't been just finches but a host of birds. As a horticulturist I am pretty much up on plants that birds eat and have become fairly proficient with the feeder aspect like I suppose as many of you are.

The question is whether ...Read more

On Gardening: Your backyard birds need water

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Two old tomato cages and a couple of rescued terra cotta saucers have made the Garden Guy's yard a "Finch Riviera." It hasn't been just finches but a host of birds. As a horticulturist I am pretty much up on plants that birds eat and have become fairly proficient with the feeder aspect like I suppose as many of you are.

The question is whether ...Read more

On Gardening: Georgia roadsides: Dazzling with flowers and butterflies

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Recently I seemingly awoke from a daze while driving Interstate 85 north of Columbus, Ga., beautiful Pine Mountain was in the distance and a sea of yellow orange lavender and pink was almost iridescently glowing in the middle of the divided highway. I went back the next day, got out of the car and walked to the middle surround by thousands upon ...Read more

On Gardening: Early Wonder camellia shakes the gardening world

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At 'The Garden Guy's' house a couple of Camellia sasanquas have started showing a little color while at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah they are already claiming the first Camellia japonica of the year. This is amazing because the Camellia japonica is normally a late winter and early spring bloomer.

Early Wonder is a most ...Read more

On Gardening: Encore azaleas really do repeat bloom in the fall

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It seems wherever I look Encore azaleas have been showing out, including at The Garden Guy's house. If you have never tried an Encore azalea, you may be wondering if they really have a good repeat bloom in the fall? The answer is, absolutely, and I'll explain below.

In Georgia, September turned many of us into crybabies. Instead of the first ...Read more

On Gardening: Uproar Rose zinnia, a stunner with the pollinators

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Uproar Rose zinnia was the real stunner in The Garden Guy's garden this summer when it came to both butterflies and hummingbirds and even now as we head into fall it's still the champ. It's amazing the 2009 winner of a cut-flower of the year would garner high pollinator accolades, too.

I wrote about this award-winning flower over a year ago but...Read more

On Gardening: 2018 remembered as 'The Summer of Love' in the garden

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No doubt, 2018 will go down as the 'Summer of Love' in the garden. Oh, it's not like the Summer of '42 or the Greek romance Summer Lovers, but it's the year petunias started giving us that 'loving feeling.'

To be exact, the trend probably started a little earlier but hit the market with the proverbial crescendo this year. If you haven't guessed...Read more

On Gardening: Mountain Mints are champions for landscape, herb garden or backyard habitat

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A couple of weeks ago I was walking a trail and had one of those OMG moments as I spotted a plant 20 feet away and could tell it was a champion of pollinators. At the risk of being a plant geek, I will tell you it was amazing to watch the bees, swallowtails, and hairstreaks all on a frenzy to get to the flowers. When this happens you simply have...Read more

On Gardening: Border and basket columns give magical garden color, floating on air

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Basket or border columns may not be something you have heard of or have tried, and you may be asking what a basket column is. My best description is a large wire basket with a coconut coir liner that gives the appearance of floating on air by virtue of being mounted on a 4-by-4-foot post or metal column.

I first saw something similar more than ...Read more

On Gardening: Joe Pye Weeds creating Yellowstone type moments

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In Yellowstone, as you drive from one scenic point to another you'll notice cars pulled to the side of the road. This is a clear signal that something of extraordinary interest has been spotted. Bison, elk, moose, wolves and of course bears are at the top of the list.

The past few weeks, particularly in Georgia, we've been experiencing this ...Read more

 
 

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