Great Design Plant: Lilies

When is a lily maybe not a lily? As it turns out, quite frequently. A number of the plants which we call lilies — canna lily, lily of the Nile, daylily and calla lily — are all, in reality, not lilies at all. Although both magnificent, these blossoms belong to distinct plant genus entirely, so…

Great Design Plant: Apache Plume

Apache plume (Fallugia paradoxa) is a gorgeous, lively wild thing that’s certain to make your heart glow. A dizzy bulk of fine-textured branches, ever-blooming white flowers and gaudy plumed seed heads make this native shrub a yearlong advantage for dry landscapes and landscapes. Jocelyn H. Chilvers Botanical name: Fallugia paradoxaCommon name: Apache plumeUSDA zones: 3…

Southeast Gardener: Things To Do in June

June is a good month in the South; the humidity hasn’t yet arrived (for the most part), these days are long and the children are out of college, placing us in summertime. Our routine has changed — a change that is welcome indeed! Summertime also brings backyard time, fresh-food period and al fresco dining period….

Landscape Tour: 2 Thirds of Rural Hillside in Maine

After two retired educators built their dream house, their property has been basically two acres of mown grass. The couple loved the rustic Maine landscape, and they were not interested in mowing two acres every week. So they called in landscape architect Matthew Cunningham to decrease the maintenance needed and help their house match in…