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A blog devoted to sharing timely horticulture topics and answering the questions of gardeners and homeowners.
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Plant of the Week: Naranjilla

This week's  Plant of the Week immediately drew my attention while visiting the  Sarah P. Duke Gardens in North Carolina last week. The interesting spines caught my eye right away! It's called  Naranjilla ( Solanum quitoense ) and it's a member of the nightshade family, Solanaceae, which includes tomatoes, peppe...

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Plant of the Week: Butterfly Weed

This week's Plant of the Week is special because it is the 2017  Perennial Plant of the Year ! Each year the Perennial Plant Association selects an outstanding perennial to promote and 2017's perennial is Butterfly Weed ( Asclepias tuberosa ). And it sure is well deserving!...

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Plant of the Week: Asiatic Lilies

As a floral designer, this week's  Plant of the Week is a favorite of mine:  Asiatic Lilies ( Lilium sp). While visiting the gardens on the Macon County Master Gardener Garden Walk this past weekend, I noticed several gardens with Asiatic lilies blooming in full glory. One of the earliest and easiest to grow of all the lilies, Asiati...

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Using Cut Flowers to Bring the Garden Indoors

As gardeners, many of us like to relax in the backyard, taking time to enjoy our beautiful flowers, but why not bring those beautiful bloomers indoors to enjoy? Many showy flowers, grasses, and foliage are available to interplant into your existing garden beds, allowing you to harvest throughout the seasons. The most important thing to consider when choosing a plant for a cut flower gar...

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Plant of the Week- Penstemon

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This week's Plant of the Week has always been a favorite of mine. Beardtongue ( Penstemon digitalis ) is a native perennial you'll find growing in prairies, fields, wood margins, open woods and along railroad tracks throughout the state. At a local garden center, you'll also find a variety of great cultivars available. This...

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Plant of the Week- Blue Star Amsonia

Plant of the Week is back! It's been a bit of a hiatus, but I'm glad to be back sharing what plants I'm seeing that are noteworthy, growing in gardens across the state. This week I'm featuring  Amsonia hubrichtii, Blue Star. I was reminded of this perennial on a recent trip to the US Botanic Garden in Washington D.C. where it was growing beautif...

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My Amaryllis Bloomed, Now What?

Amaryllis flowers are one of my absolute favorites, especially during the holiday season, but many wonder what to do with the plant once the beautiful bloom is done flowering. Do you toss it? Try to rebloom it again? Extension Master Gardener Coordinator, Sandy Mason, shared some great info on her blog several years ago...

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