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Norman Winter stands by a 5-foot tall giant milkweed with leaves as big as a rubber tree at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah. CAES News
Giant Milkweed
Giant milkweeds in the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden in Savannah are 4 to 5 feet tall with leaves as large as those on a rubber tree. They provide many food opportunities for monarch caterpillars and their cousins, the queen and soldier caterpillars.
'Picante Salmon' salvia provides a rare color to the garden and looks incredible with blue evolvulus. CAES News
Scarlet Sage
New colors and varieties of scarlet sage will ensure a dazzling landscape or a sizzling mixed container for the whole gardening season. The Saucy series, ‘Saucy Wine’ and ‘Saucy Red,’ have both found fame in the Southern Living Plant Collection. ‘Saucy Coral’ has one of the rarest colors in the gardening world.
Yellow leaves on a tree in the fall of the year CAES News
Mower Mulching
Everyone loves to have good shade trees in their yard, but once summer is over, most people despise dealing with fallen leaves. There is an option that avoids having to rake leaves altogether: Let your mower do the work.
Home landscapes typically include a collection of plants that are the homeowner's personal favorites. University of Georgia Extension experts say before buying and installing plants, make sure you select the proper place. Plants who prefer shade will not perform well in a sunny spot and a plant that will eventually grow to be tall and wide will not do well in a small confined space. CAES News
Landscape Plan
Late summer is an excellent time to plan landscape renovations. If you establish plans now, then you will be ready to take advantage of fall, the best time to plant. Many Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program groups across the state hold fall plant sales now. Before you hit your first sale, there are a few things to consider.
'Inferno' coleus looks striking against the lime green of this 'Sidekick' ornamental sweet potato foliage.
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Colorful Coleus
It seems the coleus is worth its weight in gold in the landscape this time of the year. They offer a persevering performance and flaming color during the hottest part of the summer, which puts it among the best buys for your gardening dollar.
Blood lily flowers are comprised of large, 6-inch umbels, or softball-sized globes, borne on stalks about 12 to 18 inches tall. Each sphere has dozens of red florets with yellow stamens. This creates one of the showiest floral displays in the plant world. CAES News
Blood Lily
The African blood lily is known botanically as Scadoxus multiflorus. It is in the Amaryllis family and is indeed native to South Africa. A lot of literature suggests it is perennial only for zones 9 to 11, but it is not hard to find long-term trials where it survives in zone 7b with great winter drainage.
Split bark, or vertical cracks along the lower tree stem of young trees, most commonly occurs on thin-barked trees like this plum tree. Large cracks can become long-term open wounds that are more susceptible to wood-boring insects, fungal diseases and wood decay. CAES News
Split Bark
Split bark, or vertical cracks along the lower tree stem of young trees, most commonly occurs on thin-barked trees such as dogwood, elm, maple, cherry, apple, peach and plum trees.
'Inferno' coleus looks striking against the lime green of this 'Sidekick' ornamental sweet potato foliage.
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'Inferno' Coleus
There is an ‘Inferno’ of color this spring coming from a coleus that racked up quite a number of perfect scorecards. ‘Inferno’ hasn’t been out long, but already it has heads turning, especially when you consider that it was total perfection in University of Georgia, University of Tennessee and Michigan State University trials.
Fuzzy deutzia flowers are star shaped, lightly fragrant and bring an assortment of pollinators. CAES News
Fuzzy Deutzia
My friend Gerald Klingaman, retired horticulturist with the University of Arkansas, uses the term "deutzia renaissance" for the new love surrounding this fuzzy heirloom that has been around for ages. If you haven’t discovered the old-fashioned fuzzy deutzia, then make it a high priority.