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Sunstar is the name of a new series of pentas debuting this spring and it is an understatement to say they are taking the world by storm. There are four colors in the series coming from Proven Winners — pink, red lavender and rose — and all have won awards from north to south. Read more

Goodness, it is proving to be a “wonderfully wicked” year for coleus. In this case wicked is great and promises to add incredible color and texture to your garden. Wicked actually refers to two new colors or varieties in the ColorBlaze series of coleus. If you are like me you probably though… Read more

The last few years, cordylines have seen a remarkable uptick in popularity. Cordyline is a funny name to pronounce, and if you go online, you’ll find at least three different suggestions. The common names are also simply crazy: false dracaena, cabbage tree, and cabbage palm, to name a few. L… Read more

The winter was such that The Garden Guy’s house has some of the most beautiful flowers ever for mid-April. There are echinacea, coreopsis, dianthus, and salvias galore. The first plant you would walk to however has no blooms yet; it is a shrub that for all appearances seems like “the burning bush.” Read more

Horticulturists like The Garden Guy sometime struggle with capturing the beauty of flowers in certain blues and those that are a deeply saturated, fire engine red. Put the two together and the camera may just have a technical explosion. Read more

Oh my, it’s the bomb! To be exact, it is the Cherry Bomb an incredible mix that I’ve been seeing at garden centers this year featuring Superbells Cherry Star Calibrachoa, Supertunia Black Cherry petunia and the pristine white Snow Princess sweet alyssum. Read more

Americans have been showing their colors a lot since the coronavirus showed up as a special and surely unwanted spring guest. Just as red, white and blue stirs the heart and sends a message as Old Glory hangs from the door, your flowers can echo the theme throughout the landscape. Read more

Shazam! All of a sudden everyone is thinking about growing a vegetable garden. Essentials disappearing from the local supermarket is at best a wake-up call. One thing for certain now that families are all together — there is no better way to teach children a little horticulture, pollination … Read more

What’s the best soil to use? Whether you’re gardening with containers, in raised beds or digging holes in the ground, you can’t go wrong with organic potting soil. With its loamy texture, water-absorbing amendments, lots of nutrients and beneficial fungi, it mimics a healthy soil. Read more

Pickerelweed is native over a monstrously big range, from Nova Scotia to Argentina. In our country pickerelweed calls 36 states home. I assure you “Where the Pickerelweed Grows,” a spectacle of nature is waiting for you to see the show. Read more

On Gardening: The Diamond darlings of the garden world are massing quite a trophy room (PHOTO) By Norman Winter Tribune News Service (TNS) If there was such a thing as a Super Bowl dynasty in the plant world it would have to go to Diamond Frost euphorbia. Somehow, I doubt that Proven Winners and the entire green industry knew what they had when it made its debut over a dozen years ago. Comparing Diamond Frost to a Super Bowl or World Series dynasty is really a disservice to this incredible plant. While researching for a seminar, I was stunned to see it has won 407 awards since 2007. I think it is really more than they know. You see this means every year it is still entered into trials and competition against all of the new introductions. The real shocker to me however is that it is still taking home a slew of awards such as Top Performer in 2019 Texas A&M East Texas Bedding Plant Trials. Or how about 2018 where it took home perfect score in Oklahoma State and Michigan State trials. In 2008 while I was with Mississippi State University it won the Mississippi Medallion Award, and thus was promoted to gardeners throughout the state. As great as Diamond Frost is, it may want to make room on the bench for an offspring of sorts, the award-winning Diamond Snow making its debut at garden centers this spring. If you start comparing traits, they are almost identical except for a shocking thing. The tiny white flowers of Diamond Snow are double. When you look at a plant in bloom it is like seeing double. It really looks as though it is covered in a frozen mist, Yes, these plants known as spurges and euphorbias are related to the poinsettia and copper plant, but don’t let that throw you. They really are, and will always be, the toughest flower you can put in the garden. Though small in stature reaching about 12 to 18 inches tall and as wide, these diamond darlings will never be without hundreds and perhaps now thousands of tiny white flowers. For best blooming select a location with as much sunlight as possible; some shade is certainly tolerated. Despite its rugged nature, you will still want to give it good bed preparation so that it will quickly establish and get happy in your flowerbed. If you are plagued with tight heavy clay, incorporate 3 to 4 inches of organic matter like compost, humus or peat to loosen and improve drainage and aeration. Plant at the same depth they are growing in their container, spacing plants 10 to 12-inches apart. Diamond Frost and Diamond Snow are virtually pest free and an environmentally friendly addition to the landscape. It is not a big water user either; add mulch after planting and allow soils to dry before re-watering. Overly moist soils and over watering can be fatal. You might think that a plant with this many flowers would need some kind of deadheading but this is simply not the case as it is self-cleaning and maintenance free. Another outstanding trait is that it is deer resistant. The white flowers: Let them combine with any other color of flower for a dazzling display. It can also be used in any style of garden from the tropical to the traditional and in baskets or containers. Use them as a filler plant for a baby’s breath like look in mixed containers, after all, white partners with anything. Old Man Winter is still giving us all he can but a spring with new incredible blooms is coming. Put Diamond Snow and Diamond Frost on your must have list.

If there was such a thing as a Super Bowl dynasty in the plant world it would have to go to Diamond Frost euphorbia. Somehow, I doubt that Proven Winners and the entire green industry knew what they had when it made its debut over a dozen years ago. Read more

It was a 191 years ago that Ambassador Joel Poinsett brought the plant we now know as the poinsettia to the United States. There is no way he could have dreamed of all of the colors, shapes, treatments or enhancements you find with today's poinsettias. Ambassador, we thank you for your vision. Read more

The November Polar Express put a lot of good gardening folks in a funk. Consider, many of us had virtually had no frost, then the front swooped down dropping temperatures to a bone-chilling 22 degrees in West Georgia. So, if you are in a funk or simply found yourself behind in cool-season co… Read more

Peanut butter for the holidays may elicit a 'that's for the birds' response, and, you would be right. But who doesn't like peanut butter cups and peanut butter swirled ice cream? Peanut butter, however, is a special treat for the birds, and if you like birds coming to your sunflower or thist… Read more

The lacebark elm met Old Man Winter's confrontation head-on and won and is now showing out in the Chattahoochee Valley area of West Georgia. While record cold took its toll by freezing leaves to the tree, these small elms are decorating neighborhoods with a soft, orange and yellow glow. Read more

Fatsia and pollinators don't often find themselves in the same discussion but in the last few years my eyes have been opened to the point I can give a Holy Wow to this 'Shrub of the South.' Most of us never pay attention to the blooms of the fatsia which on their own are as intricate as a bo… Read more

Electric blue and neon purple in "The Garden Guy's" hydrangeas made 2019 an unforgettable year in the garden. These colors came courtesy of Let's Dance Rave hydrangeas from Proven Winners. We've all seen those photos in catalogs and brochures making us wonder if those flowers really will loo… Read more

A hillside of gold in the Old Town community of North Columbus not only caught my eye but enticed me to get out of the car with my camera in hand. It was a hill planted with dozens of Winterberry hollies; and despite a fall season of high heat and drought, it was creating quite a show. Read more

The most anticipated new fall flower arrived in my area and I didn't even get to see it. Let that be a warning to all of you gardeners getting ready for fall planting. The plant I am talking about is the Rockin dianthus coming out of Pan American Seed. Read more

As my wife, Jan and I were slowly driving, doing a little house shopping, we had to bring the car to a halt as 7 large bucks ambled across the road along with one fawn. It was a sight that would make Yellowstone jealous. While I was scrambling to grab the camera, Jan looked at the situation … Read more

In Georgia, this appears to be the year of the Joe Pye weed. Everywhere you look it is providing staggering beauty including along the 40-mile stretch of The Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Highway, in North Georgia. Read more