Author: Barbara H. Smith

Maidenhair Fern

Ferns are one of the most versatile plants to add texture and softness to a shade garden. Northern (Adiantum pedatum) and Southern (Adiantum capillus-veneris) maidenhair ferns are native to the...

Annual Vinca

With heat, drought, and poor soil tolerance, annual vinca (Catharanthus roseus), sometimes called periwinkle, is popular for summer flower beds in South Carolina. Height/Spread The plants grow 1 or...

Wood Hyacinth

I’m always looking for blue flowering plants to add to my garden. Blue is an elusive flower color, so Wood Hyacinths (Hyacinthoides hispanica) are one of my favorite spring flowering bulbs to add...

Garden Smarter, Not Harder

The realization that I’m no longer a “spring chicken” gardener anymore has slowly dawned on me. Gone are the days of heading out into my landscape at daylight and continually working until dark. My...

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