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Eggs in the Garden, or Where Caterpillars Come From

If you’re a good butterfly gardener, your garden is filled with nectar plants. If you’re a great butterfly gardener, your garden

Monarchs, Queens, and Butterfly Mimicry

Most people are familiar with the beautiful Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus). It can be found throughout most of the country,

How to Make a Fairy Garden Container

Do you believe in fairies? When I was a child, I imagined that fairies lived in our garden. Did you

Be on the Lookout for Red Admirals Butterflies in Spring

During spring migration, keep your eyes peeled for the common and stunning Red Admiral butterfly.

Grow Vegetables and Flowers in Containers

Did you know that you can grow many types of vegetables in containers? You may be surprised to find that

How to Plant Your Own Herb Container Garden

Grow some of your favorite herbs in a container so you can just step outside the kitchen door and pick...

Nasturtiums or ‘Nose-Twisters’?

Have you ever heard of ‘nose-twisters’?  Well if you haven’t – let me tell you that if you have a

Starting Vegetable Seeds Indoors

Do you want to get a head start on your vegetable garden this year? Start growing vegetable seeds indoors! Starting

Using Vines as Groundcover

Most of us are familiar with seeing vines growing up on a wall or fence. But, have you ever thought

Seed Starting Tips

If you haven’t started your seeds yet, now’s the time. Follow these tips for seed starting success! It usually takes

The Story of an Old, Neglected, Nameless Rose

This is a story about an old, overgrown, nameless rose bush.  This poor rose hadn’t been cared for or pruned

Create an Instant Indoor Garden Using Carrot Tops

Next time you are chopping carrots for soup or making carrot sticks, don't throw out the tops. Plant them instead...

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Planting Bare Root Roses

Do you love roses?  I certainly do.  At one point, I had over 40 different rose bushes growing in my

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How to Select Bare Root Roses

It’s hard to believe that there is anything to do in the garden in January, but in zones 8 –

Grow Colorful and Edible Ornamental Kale in Your Garden

Plant ornamental kale to add beauty to your winter garden. Yes, you can eat it, too!

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Why Are Cacti Covered in Spines?

What do you think of when you see a cactus plant?  Do you experience a feeling of wariness about the

Focus on Natives: Carolina Aster

Late-blooming asters are a favorite of many gardeners. One native aster is perfectly suited for the wildlife garden: Carolina aster.

Fire Resistant Plants for Your Landscape

Danger from wildfire is a reality that many people have to deal with. Creating a defensible space around your home and

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Focus on Natives: Georgia Calamint

Georgia Calamint (Calamintha georgiana) is a wildflower native to the southeast. Most of the year, it’s a small shrub covered

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Bright, Colorful Bougainvillea

When people picture the tropics, the beautiful bright, pink colors of Bougainvillea often comes to mind. Thankfully, you don’t have

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Focus on Natives: Muhly Grass

If you’re a fan of ornamental grasses, Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris syn. M. filipes) is one you simply must have. A foolproof

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How Do Plants Deal With Drought?

Much of the Southern half of the country has been experiencing drought.  For some, that means that their gardens have

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Skeletons in the Desert

Did you know that the desert is full of skeletons? Not the spooky kind, but another type of skeleton….those of

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Focus on Natives: Elliot’s Lovegrass

Ornamental grasses are popular in gardens, and for good reason. Taller varieties add texture and interest, while lower growing species

Grow an Indoor Salad Garden

Are you tired of spending $3 or $4 for a bag of salad greens from your grocery store?  Salad greens

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How To Plant Agave ‘Pups’

Agave are often called ‘Century Plants’ due to the fact that they bloom once and then die.  However, unlike their

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Garden Hazards: Stinging Caterpillars

Last weekend’s post on southern caterpillars was pretty popular, and I’m glad I could share pictures with you of what’s