North Carolina

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    Design

    Late-Winter and Early-Spring Bloomers for the Southeast

    In Jason Reeves' article Plants That Bloom in Late Winter or Early Spring, he discusses how plants that bloom during the coldest time of the year, often go underappreciated: "Some…

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    Design

    Fall in South Carolina

    Johanna Smith here in Aiken, South Carolina, with pleasures and treasures from my fall garden. My Meyer lemon tree (Citrus × meyeri, Zones 8–11) has become as wide as my…

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    Design

    Plant a Succession of Unique Spring-Flowering Bulbs

    Planting spring-flowering bulbs in fall is an easy way to bring joy to the garden in the following year. This group of plants brings with them tremendous excitement and early…

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    How-To

    3 Easy-to-Grow Fall Crops for the Southeast

    If you haven’t noticed, Americans are good at jumping the gun on fall. By early August my neighbor has already set out her “It’s Fall Y’all” porch sign. The end…

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    Design

    GPOD on the Road: Reynolda Gardens

    Amy Birdsong is taking us along to this beautiful garden today. My husband and I moved our youngest back to college in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, this weekend and stayed overnight…

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    How-To

    Managing Powdery Mildew in the Southeast

    Powdery mildew can show up in a variety of plants in the Southeast, including trees, shrubs, perennials, and vegetables. The high humidity that we experience in the Southeast provides just…

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    Article

    Unusual Fall Perennials for the Southeast

    In Andy Brand’s article Unusual Fall Perennials, he discusses some out-of-the-box plant picks for this spectacular time in the garden: “As we reluctantly accept the inevitable and begin preparing our gardens…

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    Design

    The Best Petunias: Trial Results from Southeast Universities

    My garden is not heavily planted with flowering annuals. I focus more on trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials. However, I can’t resist adding color to my containers and filling blank…

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    How-To

    Tips for Growing Tomatoes in the Southeast

    If you do any vegetable gardening at all in the Southeast, you likely grow tomatoes. Even people who don’t particularly care for tomatoes often can’t resist planting a few every…

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    Design

    Jay’s Garden in the Mountains

    I’m always happy when garden designer Jay Sifford sends in photos. We’ve visited his beautiful garden in Charlotte, North Carolina, a few times (Jay's Garden in North Carolina, Revisited), and…