Southeast Gardening 95 Ideabooks

July is your prize after many months of gardening — from fall prep to spring planning — and you now get to reap your rewards with fresh fruits, vegetables and fragrant flowers. It is a time of abundance. July is not the best planting month for Southeast gardens, but it’s...
Southeast Gardener's August Checklist
August air is thick. Walking through the garden in the early morning is like stepping into a sauna. While morning is the coolest part of the day, it's still sultry. August gardening in the Southeast is not for the faint at heart. Some even give up and...
Southeast Gardener's September Checklist
With the dog days of summer behind us, September opens with cooler air, creating a fresh scent and a sense of excitement. The source of this excitement may be no other reason than the weather being bearable enough to spend time outdoors once again. Reds...
Southeast Gardener's October Checklist
Fall for me brings the beginning of the new gardening year, and October is fall’s most festive month. Shorter days and cooler temperatures mean bringing in plants for a changing season. I’m not sure what excites me more: the foliage color...
Southeast Gardener's November Checklist
Fall is a fantastic time to be in the garden. Soon enough there will be a killing frost; once that happens, it's time to tuck your garden into bed for the winter. Our first frost date is unpredictable in terms of regions and microclimates. The...
Southeast Gardener's December Checklist
December can be a quiet time in the garden. Most of us are busy with other things, so the timing is good. But there is much to enjoy, and some tending to take care of. Here is some of what we are doing in our Southeast December gardens.
Great Garden Combo: Tropical Beauties for a Sun-Drenched Border
I recently had the opportunity to visit the Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida, and was entranced by the lush, vibrant plants at every turn — most of which I could enjoy only as houseplants in Seattle....
Great Design Plant: Sabal Palm Enchants in Balmy Sites
If there’s one plant that instantly conjures up the image of the warm and balmy bliss of Florida and the coastal South, it would be sabal palm. Both Florida and South Carolina proudly claim it as their state tree, and it appears in vacation photos taken...
Get Coneflower Blooms All Summer Long
When you walk into a garden center or nursery, you’re almost always going to see one kind of coneflower: Echinacea purpurea. Oh, you’ll see lots of different coneflowers, often the hottest new thing to tempt you, but they are pretty much always...
Great Design Plant: Sea Grape, a Hardy Coastal Delight
The bright green mouse-ear leaves of the native sea grape tree make me smile. It isn’t just because sea grapes are drought tolerant and salt tolerant — or even because they help stabilize dunes. It’s the plant’s bubbly appearance and happy-go-lucky...
Great Design Plant: Winter Jasmine Gladdens Snowy Gardens
Just when you can’t bear the thought of another gray day, winter jasmine comes to the rescue. Cascading bright green branches are covered with sunny yellow flowers from Thanksgiving to early spring, not missing a beat — even when it snows. Although...
10 Native Wildflowers to Beautify Your Winter Garden
Hopefully you leave up your fall and winter garden, because the benefits are enormous: seeds and cover for wildlife, litter for overwintering butterflies and stems to gather snow, which insulates and hydrates roots. Of course, the biggest reason — let...
5 Unsung Wildflowers That Thrive in Dry Shade
I know there are areas of our gardens that just, well, tick us off and create literal nightmares. (I once dreamed that the entire neighborhood came over to suggest that one small problem spot meant I was a terrible gardener whom no one should listen to.)...
Great Design Plant: Ocotillo for High-Reaching Flair
The deserts of the American Southwest are famous for the many different types of plants that flourish in the hot and dry conditions. Perhaps the most iconic plant found in all three Southwestern deserts is the ocotillo. Although ocotillos are found...
Great Design Plant: Winterberry Rouses Frosty Gardens
Most people have never heard of the deciduous holly called winterberry — evergreen hollies are much better known and more commonly found in residential landscapes. But for gardeners in cold climates, winterberry offers a lot. It's easy to love this...
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