Winter Bloomers for Raleigh Gardens and Landscapes

February is typically a cold, gray month here in Raleigh, North Carolina.  However, the current spring-like temperatures are confusing to everyone, including the plants.  You may see some spring bulbs already starting to pop up around town, and an early display of blooms on some of the spring flowering trees.  In general, this is not typical, […]

Winter Gardening in Raleigh?

Are you new to the Raleigh area?  Think winter gardening is just crazy?  Perhaps you moved from a place where shovels are only used for snow removal this time of year.  Well, have no fear!  Raleigh’s moderate climate extends our planting season into the winter months.  Old man winter can make an appearance, but for […]

Colors by Crapes

As we all enjoy the beautiful colors of the spring, let us introduce you to one of the South’s most flamboyant summer bloomers. The Crape Myrtle Tree is truly a southern gem in the landscape, as it provides seemingly endless summer color. The flower colors range from white to all shades of pink, lavender, and […]

Jump Start Spring

Have you been thinking about warmer weather and beautiful blooming flowers with all of this back and forth North Carolina weather? The good news is that you can actually get a jump start on Spring by forcing branches to bloom in the comfort of your own home! The Procedure There are ornamental trees and shrubs […]

Can I Get an Encore?

Throughout this season, we’ve given you a lot of information on Fall color and how to achieve the best Fall color in your landscape. However, we’d like to tell you of a plant that is beautiful year-round, showing its true beautify in the Spring and Summer, before giving one final burst of color in the Fall. […]

Fall Colorvision

Well folks, it will be Fall for another month and a half. However, the Fall colors are starting to fade. It’s really windy today here in Raleigh and the leaves are doing just what they’re supposed to do in the fall…they’re falling. Even though the beautiful color show is starting to come to an end, […]

Good as Gold

Fall is finally in full bloom! Some people are happy with fall clothes and pumpkin spice lattes and some are not so thrilled about the cooler weather. Like it or not, the cooler weather is upon us and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere soon. Even if you’re not a fan of the fall […]

Sassy Sasanquas!

During this week of Fall, we have said goodbye to the rainy, dreary weather and can finally enjoy some sunshine with the cooler temperatures. Here in North Carolina, seeing Camellias is just as common as seeing Magnolias and Azaleas in landscapes. However, most of the Camellias people see in landscapes today are Japonica Camellias. Today, […]

Don’t Panic, Just Panicle

Okay sure, Panicle isn’t a verb, but it is a form of Hydrangea that we’re going to talk about today! Here are a few fun facts about Panicle Hydrangeas: Botanical name: Hydrangea paniculata Shrub Fast grower Grows best in full sun to partial shade with moist, well-drained soil Blooms during the summer Frost tolerant (Although this […]

Abelia Ability

Today, we’ll be talking about the Abelia. Here are some facts: The Abelia is a rounded, semi-evergreen shrub Can grow up to 10 feet tall Can spread up to 15 feet wide Has glossy, dark green leaves Produces fragrant flowers from midsummer to autumn Does best in fertile, well-drained soil Likes to dance in full […]

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