Author: Karen Russ

Lantana

Lantana is commonly grown as a sun-loving flowering annual in South Carolina. A few cultivars are reliably perennial throughout much of the state. More are perennial near the coast. All are tough,...

Baptisia (False or Wild Indigo)

Baptisias, also known as false or wild indigos (Baptisia spp.), are a group of large, long-lived perennials. They provide an extended season of interest from flowers and foliage. The botanical name...

Sweetshrub

Sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus) has many common names, including Carolina allspice, strawberry-bush, sweet bubby, sweet Betsy and spicebush. As these names indicate, it is valued for the sweet,...

Fringetree

Fringetrees (Chionanthus spp.) are outstanding, small, deciduous ornamental trees. Two species are available, the native white fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) and the Chinese fringetree...

Evergreen Clematis

Hi, I’m Karen Russ, a horticulturist with the Home & Garden Information Center at Clemson Extension. Today, I’m going to be talking about Clematis armandii, also known as evergreen clematis or...

Korean Spice Viburnum

Hi, I’m Karen Russ, a horticulturist with the Home & Garden Information Center at Clemson Extension. Today I’ll be talking about Korean spice viburnum, Viburnum carlesii. Good...

Phlox

Phlox include a large group of mostly perennial plants widely used in gardens. Several hundred named varieties of different phlox species are grown. Because they are so commonly cultivated, it is...

Petunia

Petunias are one of the most popular flowering annuals. They have a long flowering period, are easy to grow and are available in many forms and colors. Height/Spread Height can vary from 6 inches to...

Pumpkins & Winter Squash

Pumpkins and squash have been grown in North America for thousands of years. Native Americans ate pumpkins roasted, boiled and stewed, and they roasted the seeds for food as well. Most pumpkins now...

Yucca

Prepared by Marjan Kluepfel, HGIC Information Specialist, and Bob Polomski, Extension Consumer Horticulturist, Clemson University. Revised by Karen Russ, HGIC Horticulture Specialist. (New 05/99. Revised 09/07. Images added 09/07.)

Leyland Cypress Alternatives

Over the last decade or so Leyland cypress became extremely popular as screening plants. They provided homeowners with a very rapidly growing screen and served to fill the gap in the choice of...

Pittosporum

Japanese pittosporum (Pittosporum tobira) is a tough, evergreen shrub, commonly grown in mid and coastal South Carolina. It is native to southern Japan and China. The attractive, dense evergreen...

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