Author: Barbara H. Smith

Caladiums for Summer Color

Want to brighten up a shady spot in your summer annual containers? Caladiums are an excellent choice. Due to their insignificant flowers, caladiums are grown for their colorful foliage. The leaf...

May Week 4 Garden Photos

Colorful containers add interest to the summer landscape. Sun Coleus and Silver Dichondra Barbara H. Smith, ©2019 HGIC, Clemson Extension Petunias, Scaevola, Dianthus, Creeping Jenny Lysmachia...

May Week 3 Garden Photos

“Garden as though you will live forever.” ~William Kent~ Woolly Aphid Nymph Barbara H. Smith, ©2019 HGIC, Clemson Extension Vancouver™ Fragrant Star Clematis (Clematis x 'Fragrant Star')...

May Week 2 Garden Photos

Plan a visit to the beautiful South Carolina Botanical Garden in Clemson. Here’s what is blooming this week. Purple Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea) Barbara H. Smith, ©2019 HGIC, Clemson...

Praying Mantids

Do you have a favorite insect? One of mine is a praying mantid. All mantids are excellent hunters and get their name from their prayer-like hunting pose. They sit and wait for their meal to get...

May Week 1 Garden Photos

April showers bring May flowers! Tattoo™ Papaya Vinca (Catharanthus roseus 'Tattoo™ Papaya') Barbara H. Smith, ©2019 HGIC, Clemson Extension Sport of Copper Iris (Iris fulva) Barbara H. Smith, ©2019...

Interesting Summer Annuals

Tired of planting the same old marigolds, petunias, and begonias? Try some different annuals in your garden this year. Many provide pollen and nectar for pollinating insects and attract...

Earth Stars

Earth stars (Cryptanthus species) are different from most bromeliads. They are terrestrial which means they are grown in rich, organic soil. Cryptanthus means “hidden flower” in Greek because the...

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