A deutzia renaissance is how my friend Dr. Gerald Klingaman, retired horticulturist, with the University of Arkansas, wrote about this new love that is occurring for this fuzzy heirloom that has been around for ages. If you haven't discovered the old-fashioned fuzzy deutzia, then make it a high priority, your landscape deserves it.
At the ...Read more
There is an inferno of color this spring coming from a coleus that has a lot going for it. The Inferno coleus is relatively new, but already it has heads turning especially when you consider that in the University of Georgia, University of Tennessee, and Michigan State trials it was total perfection.
It was tops at Missouri Botanical Garden ...Read more
Across from my backyard, my neighbor has been turning his pool into a virtual paradise with a pergola and rock work. Now all he needs is a South Pacific Sipper! This sounds like the perfect tropical beverage to enjoy while floating across the clear blue water, but in reality, it is one of the most beautiful hibiscuses in the market.
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The past two months have been weeks of tantalizing fragrance that I am afraid not many children or families have experienced. This champion of aroma I am referring to is the banana shrub. The banana shrub is an heirloom from the 1800s and produces extremely sweet aromatic blossoms for months. It is one of the more amazing scents in the plant ...Read more
I was working on a magazine piece this week on nostalgia gardening. While we tend to think of nostalgia gardening as being related to growing something that is heirloom or antique it can also be considered a plant that mentally transports you back to another time or place. One plant that instantly does that is the Emperor's candlestick, Senna ...Read more
As you drive down our entryway to the Andrews Visitor and Education Center both sides of the drive are lined with large sweeps or drifts, if you will, of hot coral colored roses. It seems every time I look at them they are blooming which can't possibly be true.
The roses I am referring to are Coral Drift roses. If you have love Knock Out roses ...Read more
The Savannah Hilton Head International Airport is among the most beautiful in Georgia if not the country. As I was driving there the other day I noticed alligators in the swampy areas along the drive but as I got closer I noticed a different kind of snapper -- more snapdragon blossoms than I could count.
As a kid, it was zinnias and snapdragons...Read more
It's really been amusing watching visitors get out of their cars, and start taking photos of shrubs around the parking lot. Sometimes we even laughingly call these tough-as-nails plants "parking lot shrub." The plant I am referring to is Mrs. Schiller's Delight, a selection of the native Walter's viburnum. At the gardens, we have viburnums from ...Read more
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