Author: Barbara H. Smith

Ornamental Grasses and Grass-like Plants

Ornamental grasses and grass-like plants are valued in home landscapes for their hardiness, ease of care, dramatic appearance, and the wide variety of colors, textures, and sizes available. Types of...

Carrot, Beet, Radish & Parsnip

Root Crops Carrots, beets, radishes, and parsnips can all be successfully grown throughout South Carolina, and these can all be planted for both spring and fall crops. Root crops all need a loose,...

Easter Lily

The white trumpet-shaped flowers of the Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum) have become the traditional time-honored symbol of beauty, hope, and life during the Easter season. Potted flowering Easter...

Heirloom Vegetables

Heirloom vegetables are defined in several ways. Some consider heirlooms to be any vegetable cultivars that have been grown for a certain length of time. Other people consider vegetables to be truly...

Weeping Ficus

Weeping ficus or fig (Ficus benjamina) is popular as houseplants, in offices and interior landscaping. They have an elegant form and dense, glossy dark foliage. Slender branches arch gracefully from...

Forcing Bulbs Indoors

Making a plant flower at a predetermined time or under artificially imposed conditions is called forcing. Hardy bulbs are particularly suited for forcing indoors and offer a succession of color...

Philodendron

Philodendrons are among the most common and easy-to-grow houseplants. Many tolerate low light and neglect. If well treated, they will be beautiful and dependable for many years. Height/Spread The...

Indoor Palms

Palms give a wonderful tropical feeling to the indoor garden. They are bold houseplants that command attention. Height/Spread Palms suited to indoor cultivation are slow-growing while young or have...

Bougainvillea

Bougainvilleas (Bougainvillea species) are tropical and subtropical woody vines of the Four-O’Clock family (Nyctaginaceae). They are named for Admiral Louis A. de Bougainville, a French explorer...

Schefflera

Scheffleras are large and graceful tropical plants often used in interior decorating. They are superb long-lived houseplants. Height/Spread Scheffleras are usually 2 to 3 feet tall when sold, and...

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