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Selecting a Christmas Tree

Christmas trees are available from a variety of sources, such as garden centers, nurseries, local retail lots and, choose-and-cut tree farms. Tips on how to select a fresh tree, as well as...

Nutsedge

Nutsedges are very aggressive and persistent weeds that commonly infest lawns, vegetable and flower gardens, and home landscapes. They can be very difficult to eradicate and their control is likely...

Oleander

Oleanders (Nerium oleander) are distinctive and beautiful, large, flowering shrubs that thrive with little care. They are very heat and drought-tolerant once established, and will grow especially...

Hosta

Hostas are easy-to-grow, shade-tolerant perennials grown mainly for their beautiful foliage. Height/Spread The size of hostas varies greatly. The largest measures 4 feet in height with 20-inch-long...

Growing Perennials

Herbaceous perennials generally live for three or more seasons, but usually the tops die back to the ground each fall. The crown and roots of the plant resume growth in spring. A few perennials are...

Dividing Perennials

The three main reasons for dividing perennials are to control the size of the plants, to help rejuvenate them, and to increase their number. Dividing and replanting keeps rapidly spreading...

Liriope

Liriope, sometimes called lilyturf, is among our best evergreen ground covers. It multiplies rapidly and requires very little care. It grows well throughout South Carolina. There are two major...

Clematis

Clematis are among the most decorative and spectacular of all the flowering vines. They are a group of mostly woody, deciduous vines, though Armand clematis (Clematis armandii) is evergreen, and a...

Caladium

Caladiums (Caladium species) are in the arum (Araceae) family and native to Central and South America. They are hardy only to USDA zone 9 or 10; therefore, caladiums should be used as annuals in...

Plants for Shade

Plants that will tolerate more shade are designated with an *. Trees (Botanical Name – Common Name) Most shade tolerant trees are small, understory trees that grow naturally in woods openings...

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