Author: Robert F. Polomski

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...

Amaryllis

Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) are perennial bulbs known for their large, showy flowers. They are most often sold in the fall for forcing to bloom indoors in late fall and winter, especially in time for...

Living Christmas Trees

Living Christmas trees are container-grown or balled and burlapped Christmas trees that can be planted as landscape trees after the holiday season. This way of enjoying a Christmas tree is practical...

Spring-Flowering Bulbs

Flowering bulbs like daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, and crocus are some of the earliest flowers to appear in gardens each year, some starting to bloom as early as January. Many will bloom and...

Fertilizing Trees & Shrubs

Trees and shrubs are living investments that grow in value each year. The foundation of their longevity starts with selecting and siting adapted plants and proper planting. After the plants become...

Got Leaves?

In the fall, I saddle up my white steed, which happens to be a 2007 hatchback, toss in several plastic trash bags and a short-handled rake, and become the Leaf Ranger. I drive through subdivisions...

Virginia Sweetspire

This colorful deciduous shrub, Virginia sweetspire or Virginia-willow (Itea virginica), combines beauty with functionality and durability. Fragrant, white flowers adorn this shrub in late spring,...

Hydrangea Hysteria

Many believe that “hydrangea hysteria” erupted in 2004 with the debut of the reblooming bigleaf hydrangea, ‘Bailmer,’ now known by its trade name of Endless Summer® The Original. Since this mophead...

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