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Category: Perennials
05 Aug
2020
pink muhli grass

The Green, Green (& Other Colors!) Grasses of Home

What do Dean Martin, Porter Wagoner and Joan Baez have in common? They all were among dozens of musicians who recorded Claude “Curly” Putman Jr.’s iconic song The Green, Green Grass of Home. The song is a total tear-jerker, but its popularity was no doubt due at least partly to the deep emotional associations so..

11 Jun
2020
Custom gravel and stone vegetable garden

Re-imagining the Back 40

Who doesn’t love the idea of a veggie garden? Even if there’s a grocery store 10 minutes away, you still get a thrilling sense of self-sufficiency from growing and eating your own food. Plus, you know its history, what’s been applied to it—if anything, how fresh it is. Fortunately, you don’t need a plow or..

20 Feb
2020
Native Foamflower

Discover Native Groundcovers

When it comes to groundcovers, there’s a lot of ground to cover. Shady, shallow-root areas under tree crowns, where nothing else wants to grow. Steep hillsides and banks, where erosion washes away anything trying to grow, along with the soil and nutrients. No-longer-wanted expanses of lawn, where mowing, thatching, fertilizing and watering don’t make for..

28 Aug
2019
Colorful zinnias in stone planter

Annuals, I Love You Yearly

Perennials are great. They’re like the adults in the garden. Reliable, loyal and steadfast, they hold down the flower bed through the winter, provide year-round stability, and proudly bring their young bloomers in to make a relatively brief appearance year after year. Annuals have a whole different spirit when they spring from the soil. Vivacious,..

31 Jul
2019
Tradescanthia

What’s Blooming Now – July

There is something that really thrills me about going out to my garden and cutting flowers for my house. It is even more pleasurable to be able to give gifts of cut flowers to friends. So many bloomers this month, it is hard to decide which ones are the most beautiful! Here are some great..

02 Jul
2019
Native Bee Balm

What’s Blooming Now June

My garden in Dahlonega is full of wonderful flowers this time of the year. One of my goals in creating this garden was to always have something to cut and bring inside. Fortunately, the previous owner planted a huge variety of perennials and I was able to add some new items as openings appeared. It..

06 Jun
2019

Divide and Conquer

Dividing perennials is an essential part of the maintenance of a garden. Plants work as hard as they can to grow as large as they can, and in ornamental gardens we give them every advantage. This means that the roots in the center of a perennial can become so densely overgrown and tangled that they..

29 May
2019
native Pink Lady Slipper

Going Native

I asked a friend and fellow master gardener, Janet Martin to write about gardening with native plants. Janet is using native plants exclusively in her North Georgia home and she explains why she is only using natives. (The photos are taken from Janet’s garden.)   Shall I Plant Natives or Exotics? Whether you’re starting a..

21 May
2019
winter annuals

What’s Happening Now: I am melting

This post was going to be about the beautiful winter annuals that were still blooming a few weeks ago. However, the heat took me by surprise; I was not expecting this much heat this early. We have just finished planting the summer annuals and summer veggies in our gardens. These newly installed plants are going..

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