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Native Plants

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Tweet Along the time when tea was dumped into the Boston harbor to protest Britain’s rule over the colonies, naturalist William Bartram filled his breakfast tea cup in the Carolina Piedmont. It was the 1770’s. He sat reviewing his plant journals recently inked while traveling throughout southeastern North America. One spectacular native plant he observed […]

Tweet Heuchera  x ‘Plum Pudding’  Coral Bells How about a very hardy native plant that tolerates shade and sun, isn’t too picky about soil pH, is drought tolerant and adds a sense of the ‘Johnny Depp’ scallywag to your garden? Enter Heuchera x Plum Pudding coral bells. [hew-chair-a] With unique shiny, dark purple ruffled leaves […]

Tweet I thought of two more ways to capture (essentially) free water for your garden that I neglected to mention in at my Carolina Home and Garden Show water-wise talk. I hope you found some useful nuggets in the nine different strategies we covered together. I can just imagine your happy garden plants nestled in […]

Tweet Splish-splash those roots are takin’ a bath! There’s nothing easier or healthier for your yard than to let rain water it naturally. After a shower, temporary puddles let water soak into your plant root zones. Then, water moves deeper into the water table. That ground water not only helps plants withstand intense summer droughts, […]

Tweet Your turn: Like you said in your book Kim, I need to plant trees for shade around my new house. I have a lot of room and want a good tree that grows pretty fast. – DA, Hope Mills My turn: One of the best native trees that fits your description is the Tulip […]

Tweet Your landscape plants, like people, get along with one another in a variety of ways. Some plants do well as neighbors, and then again, others growing near each other don’t seem to thrive. Use companion planting in your yard as an important part of integrated pest management and sustainable landscaping. To make it a […]

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