• Bougainvillea 'Oolala'

    Tips and Tricks for Growing Bougainvillea

    Mention bougainvillea to almost anyone, and their first images may be of sun-drenched stucco walls festooned in the neon colors of the tropics. From beachside to desert to lush tropics,…

  • Plants that look good in winter

    10 Bold Plants for Winter Interest in the Southeast

    Without a doubt one of the best parts about gardening in the Southeast is winters that are temperate yet still bring seasonality to the garden. I’m grateful that we don’t…

  • Liatris squarrosa flower

    Scaly Liatris Is a Native That Offers Blooms All Summer Long

    On the first day of August 2006, my botanizing companion and I were making only our third trip to a barrens on a farm owned by friends in Kentucky. We…

  • 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.…