Outdoor Flowers and Foliage

Sansivieria Cylindrica – Rhizome

Q: What the heck is this growing out of my sansevieria. I know it isn’t a bloom or a leaf, but I am very perplexed. A: It’s a rhizome: a thick root that grows away from the original clump. Eventually...

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White Deposits on Hydrangea Leaves

Q: I went out to water my hydrangeas today and noticed white spots all around the edges of the leaves. This was not there yesterday so it happened sometime during the night. The leaves don’t seem damaged and the plants...

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Snapdragon Rust – Identification

Q: A friend tells me that you might help identify this infestation on the back of my snapdragon leaves. It appeared as the plants were about to send up their flowering shoots and wilted them before most were able to...

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Cherokee Rose – History

Q: I have to do a garden club program on our state flower, the Cherokee Rose. Do you have any historical information on its original selection and the later naming of a native azalea as Georgia’s flower? A: The Cherokee...

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Jasmine or Jessamine – Poisonous to Bees?

Q: I’m a first-time bee keeper and at a Georgia Beekeeping Association event one of the speakers said that jasmine was toxic to bees. This is disappointing because I want to grow Tangerine Dream jasmine vine. What do you think?...

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Ferns – Full Sun

Q: I am looking for ferns that are full sun tolerant and deer resistant. A: Deer don’t much care for ferns in general. I find Southern shield fern, Thelypteris kunthii, easy to grow in full sun if I water when...

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Orchids – Outdoor Options

Q: I have about 30 tropical orchids. Are there outdoor garden orchid plants that will grow in Atlanta? A: Although you won’t find any that grow in trees like tropical orchids do, there are ground-dwelling orchids that grow very well...

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Swamp Hibiscus

Q: Have you ever heard of a plant called a “dinner plate hibiscus’? A: Dinner plate hibiscus refers to swamp hibiscus, Hibiscus moscheutos. Some gardeners call it swamp mallow or rose mallow. It gets its name from the flower size:...

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Liriope – Splitting

Q: Can I split my liriope and replant it without waiting for dormancy? A: You can split liriope 24/7/365. Freezing temperatures and hurricane rains might deter the gardener but liriope will prosper no matter what conditions you move it in....

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Plants – Low-Light Options

Q: I’m trying to spruce up my college apartment with some herbs and plants but it doesn’t get much light. Do you have any recommendations for low-light plants? A:The best low-light indoor plants are golden pothos, aspidistra, aglaonema and spathiphyllum....

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Panicle Hydrangea – Pruning

Q: My hydrangea tree is fifteen feet tall and beautiful. I wonder if I should trim the lower branches and give the tree a trunk and a “head”. A: I’m guessing you have one of the panicle hydrangeas: Hydrangea paniculata...

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Spinning Primrose – Winter Preparation

Q: I was given a spinning Persian primrose that blooms in the evening, just as it’s getting dark. What do I do with the stalks during the winter? A: Spinning primrose, Oenothera biennis, is also known as evening primrose. It...

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Mimosa Sprouts

Q: I grew up in New Orleans and we had mimosa trees. I have several random sprouts in my yard but I don’t think they will grow into a real tree anytime soon. A: Mimosas easily grow here but despite...

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Daylilies – Accomodating Plants

Q: I have a bed of English ivy and daylilies. We have pulled up the ivy and want to replace it with a less invasive plant that will still accommodate the daylilies. It’s in full sun on a slight slope....

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Hydrangea – Blooming Problems

Q: What happened to the hydrangeas this year? I have many hydrangeas in my yard that have bloomed for years and this year some did and some didn’t. All these plants look very healthy, and are growing like gang busters....

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Rose of Sharon – Budding

Q: Both this year and last on our Rose of Sharon bush there have been a considerable amount of blooms on the plant that never fully open. They turn yellow and drop. A: In my experience, two things cause Rose...

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Limelight Hydrangea- Pruning

Q: I planted two Limelight hydrangeas last year. They look very healthy but will they bloom if I didn’t prune them this spring? A: They will be fine and will bloom in late summer. ‘Limelight’ is a panicle hydrangea. It...

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Wax Myrtle – Flowers (catkins)

Q: What’s going on with my wax myrtle? There seems to be some kind of infestation on the stems. A: It’s not an infestation, it’s wax myrtle sex! The things on the branches are female catkins (flowers) which will get...

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