The word on the street (I've always wanted to say that) is that the Dutch iris is a short-lived perennial. Tell that to Romano an incredible showy bloomer that we have in the garden which was planted in the late 1990's. I've led a life comparable to a house flipper so my personal experience on the longevity of perennials has been word of mouth ...Read more
There has been a storm brewing in North Carolina and it is one that will prove to beautify our landscapes across the country. The Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station in Mills River N.C. already horticultural heroes of sorts with their incredible white flowered Sweet Tea Mountain Gordlinia are now bringing the landscape the Double Take ...Read more
After seeing some incredible mixed containers I told my young horticulturist son I had a vision of writing a column called Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme, kind of a play on words from Simon and Garfunkel's famous album by the same name and of course the lyrics from "Scarborough Fair." The idea being to encourage you to use these herbs in ...Read more
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Walking down our long Crape Myrtle Allee we have several large Vietnamese glazed pots filled with cool season flowers. For this to be the first week in February, they are looking rather impressive thanks to what may be the perfect Valentine's Day plant, the Persian cyclamen. Just thinking Valentine's Day, use to give me the ...Read more
The first hint of spring is trumpeting, so to speak, in the south with the arrival of the narcissus or daffodil. I hate writing about flowers that are opposite their planting season but on the other hand, there are certainly some lessons that can be learned. The biggest lesson to be learned is which ones will naturalize in your area. You have to...Read more
Forget about fake news it's fake flowers that have my attention. Actually, they are not fake; they are the brilliantly colorful primula. Recently, the astonishing color and beauty had passersby gawking in amazement.
It took about 72 hours of temperatures in the 20's and I was begging for mercy, and just like magic there they were, in a grocery ...Read more
Walking around the garden I was astonished by the beauty of grass that was so picturesque backlit by the sun. It was a muhly grass but not the pink cotton candy looking one you admire in the fall. This was bamboo muhly native to Arizona. You don't normally think about plants native to Arizona being so adaptable to the hot humid southeast but ...Read more
It wasn't long ago I was hiking around Blue Ridge Georgia and came across a few terrific looking heuchera or coral bells which I had only seen previously for sale in garden centers. All heuchera species are native to the United States including this Heuchera villosa native in the Southeast from Arkansas to Georgia and north to New York.
Cross Your HeartLorine S Thomas
When one of their closest friends is found brutally murdered, one by one their lives are then turned into a living nightmare. The remaining friends struggle to try and keep a long hidden secret in the past. But reality breaks through in a heartbeat as they too are ...
If I told you to let deadnettle liven up your mixed containers you might think that it is an oxymoron or perhaps I was just a moron, as dead and nettle sound none too lovely in the landscape. As they say in France, au contraire, deadnettle is the common name for a terrific perennial or annual if you choose by the name of Lamium.
Botanically ...Read more
It seems wherever I go I'm seeing Swiss chard. This showy cool season plant sometimes called a beet without a bottom is showing up in the landscape, in mixed containers and there it is available in the local grocery store. Is it an ornamental or an edible you might ask and the answer is, both. Then you might wonder do you eat it fresh or do you...Read more
During the summer we think of flowers like petunias as those fragrant, spilling or tumbling flowers cascading over the rims of baskets and mixed containers. That same show of incredible color coupled with tantalizing fragrance can now be achieved during the cool season with pansies like the Cool Wave series in some zones.
I'll be honest when ...Read more
Mention the word "ascot" and a silky men's tie worn by the upper crust of European society comes to mind. Today, however, I want you to associate the name with Ascot Rainbow, an evergreen perennial euphorbia capturing the imagination of the gardening world.
Botanically speaking, Ascot Rainbow is known as Euphorbia martinii. It is native to ...Read more