• deer-resistant plants for the south

    Plants That the Herbivores Will Avoid in the South

    Fionuala Campion says in her article, Dazzling Deer-Resistant Perennials, "Though very graceful and delightful to behold in their native habitat, deer are a voracious force to reckon with in many…

  • sun-tolerant camellias

    5 Gorgeous Camellias for Sun

    Camellias (Camellia spp. and cvs., Zones 6–10) are mostly thought of as shade shrubs, and common camellia (Camellia japonica, Zones 7–9) varieties do look best in the shade. The foliage…

  • various succulent plants in small containers

    Renata’s Alabama Garden

    I am Renata Puckett. I plant mainly gifted and some bought plants in Morgan County, Alabama. I grow and divide them to fill my country gardens around the house. I…

  • monarch caterpillars

    4 Must-Have Butterfly Host Plants to Support Biodiversity

    Even the most insect-wary gardeners have a special place in their hearts for butterflies. They bring a touch of whimsy and serendipity to our yards, flitting along like fairies and…

  • summer perennials for the south

    Peak-Season Perennials for the South

    While we would all ideally have gardens that look at their peak in every season, the reality is often far from that ideal. Very few of us have all the…

  • native meadow plants

    Native Meadow Plants for Pollinators in the South

    As pollinators disappear at alarming rates, maybe it’s time to set aside a little meadow in every yard—an area of space where native flowering plants and grasses can thrive and…

  • growing kiwi

    Tips for Growing Kiwi in the South

    Did you know you can grow your own kiwi pretty easily in our part of the South? Kiwi plants can be slow to get started but are generally long-lived vines.…

  • spring plants and bulbs on both sides of a brick path

    Dodie’s Alabama Garden

    My name is Dodie. I’ve been gardening in northern Alabama for 15 years. Our urban property is in a historic neighborhood in Decatur. It had a wonderful backbone of plantings…

  • shrubs for shade in the south

    Shade-Loving Shrubs for the South

    Finding interesting plants for shade can be a struggle, but when you add in the desire for that plant to be a woody shrub, the list narrows even more. But…

  • southern native plants

    Southern Native Plants That Can Work in Almost Any Garden

    The South has much more to offer the rest of the country than the culinary delights of barbecue pork, pimento cheese, and fried green tomatoes. Strolling through woodlands of the…