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Plumbago forms a loose shrub in the landscape when kept at about 3-feet tall. CAES News
Cape Plumbago
Growing cape plumbago is like having your own ticket to the butterfly wild kingdom. Not only will you be the proprietor of the daily nectar café, but depending on where you live, you will also celebrate young ones, as this is a host plant for the cassius blue butterfly.
Ruby-throated hummingbirds love 'Lime Sizzler' firebush. CAES News
'Lime Sizzler'
Ever since firebush was declared a Texas Superstar winner 20 years ago, it has captured the fancy of gardeners, hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. Now with the addition of 'Lime Sizzler,' gardeners have gone gaga.
'Java White' looks as though it has been kissed by snow, creating a daring look on a porch patio or in a landscape. CAES News
Copper Plants
Copper plants were sold generically for years, but that is now passé thanks to varieties like ‘Beyond Paradise,’ ‘Bourbon Street,’ ‘Ceylon,’ ‘Tricolor’ and ‘Jungle Cloak.’ They partner well with blue flowers like salvias or light blue plumbago.
University of Georgia horticulturist Carol Robacker has released 'Raspberry Profusion,' a cultivar that blooms heavily from May to September. Its raspberry-colored sepals, wonderful fragrance and foliage is more spectacular than older varieties. CAES News
New Additions
Fall is the perfect time to admire blooming shrubs and trees. In many areas of the state, people take great pride in adorning their landscape with spectacular shrubs that exhibit color, shape and texture.
The big leaf princess flower produces large spikes of violet flowers from mid-summer until frost. CAES News
Royal beauty
Native to Brazil, the princess flower is loaded with uncountable blossoms of royal purple. It’s unchallenged in its status as the most beautiful plant of late summer and fall gardens.
Curcuma gingers blooms like this Jewel of Thailand are actually comprised of colorful bracts. CAES News
Glorious Gingers
With names like ‘Jewel of Thailand,’ ‘Jewel of Burma’ and ‘Garnet,’ ginger plants add exotic flair that will takes your breath away, says University of Georgia gardening expert Norman Winter. And, they don't require a lot of work.
Norman Winter, director of the University of Georgia's Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm in Savannah, Georgia. CAES News
"Garden Guru"
Known across the South as the “Garden Guru,” Norman Winter has been writing about his passion for gardening for the past 20 years. Starting this week, his gardening columns will be distributed to media across the state by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
A nursery grower examines plants growing at the Trial Gardens at UGA. The gardens will hold a public open house July 9. CAES News
Trial Gardens Open House
Each year the Trial Gardens at the University of Georgia tests hundreds of new ornamental plants before they reach local garden centers.
Plants like hostas, epimedium, numerous species of ferns, caladiums, coleus, and monkey grass can be combined to create beautiful gardens in the shade. CAES News
Shade Gardens
Some of the most beautiful gardens are made in the shade. Shade gardening is unique in that it lends itself to a peaceful, serene and cool landscape setting.