Bodacious Buddleia

“The older I grow the more do I love spring and spring flowers. Is it so with you?Emily Dickinson

Spicebush swallowtail extracts nectar from buddleia.

Buddleia davidii is a sun loving butterfly magnet. This perennial comes in a variety of colors and needs fertile, well drained soil. Flowers develop on new growth so severe pruning is required in the early spring. In some areas, buddleia , a native of China, can become invasive. Removal of spent blossoms prevents this problem as well as encouraging the growth of new flowers. For more information about this shrub, click on the link below.

Buddleia davidii

Sun Lovers

The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world.

Michael Pollan

Daylilies are hardy perennials, needing at least 6 hours of sunlight. They can be grown in borders, beds, containers, and as ground cover. Division of clumps is required every 3-4 years, preferably in early spring or after bloom completion. As the name implies, blooms last only a day and spent blossoms should be removed to extend flower production. Learn more about these generation favorites at the following link.
Hemerocallis spp.

Cool Coleus

When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden.

Minnie Aumonier

Gardens, in need of a splash of color, may benefit from the addition of coleus. Most coleus prefer shade, but sun coleus varieties thrive in part shade or full sun. Extremely easy to grow, these colorful foliage plants should be trimmed to promote fullness. Cuttings root quickly in water or can be placed directly into potting soil. Click on the link to learn more about these must have plants for southern gardens. Coleus

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Happy Things

Flowers are happy things.

P.G. Wodehouse

What appears to be a runaway from a muppet show, is actually a spiral ginger, with a startling likeness to a Jim Henson muppet. This happy little thing can be seen at Bellingrath Gardens. While many gingers are included in their summer garden displays, this one is unique-well worth the price of admission! Go make yourself happy! Learn more about this tropical plant at the following website. Spiral ginger

A Dose of Patience

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.

Mary Sarton
Cordyline Fruticosa

Bellingrath Gardens is a wonderful place to slow down. Wander along the pathways, taking in the beauty overwhelming the senses. Snap lots of pictures and plan to include a few gorgeous specimens in one’s own landscape. Shady landscapes will benefit from the above exotic, cordyline fruticose or ti plant. Ti plants cannot endure frigid weather, but container gardening will allow them to be rescued when the thermometer drops. So, now’s the time to get that dose of patience.

Bold, Beautiful, Bountiful Blossoms

In almost every garden, the land is made better and so is the gardener. ~

~Robert Rodale (1930–1990)

Sunpatiens, a relatively new kid on the block, loves the sun, produces bold blossoms all summer long, and is stunning in containers or beds. So, no more excuses, add some color where it is needed.

Learn more about this beauty at the following website. Sunpatiens

Pick and Pop

I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day.

~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace
Sun Gold Tomatoes

For those gardeners who find themselves browsing in the evening, looking to complete their daily five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables, Sun Gold tomatoes are a welcome sight. Perfect for “pick and pop into your mouth”, these beautiful and tasty fruits will not disappoint. Add this one to your list of “need to try in my garden.”

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Shade Shufflers

No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.

Thomas Jefferson

Neomarica gracilis, a clumping herbaceous perennial, is more commonly known as walking iris, fan iris, or apostle’s iris. This long limbed lithesome beauty thrives in zones 9-11. However, it will also do well in mild Mobile winters. If temperatures dip, damaged leaves will need snipping in the spring. Plants earn the name, walking iris, by producing plantlets on the flower stalks. The stalk, often mistaken for a leaf, bends to the ground where the plantlet takes root, grows into a mature plant, flowers the next spring, and produces plantlets. And off they go! Native to tropical areas of Central America, these productive plants require shade to part shade and moist soil. In addition to garden beds, large containers and hanging baskets will house these okay to pass-along plants. Learn more at the following link. Walking Iris

More Than A Houseplant

Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

While the common Pilea cadierei, or aluminum plant, is known by many gardeners as a houseplant, it also deserves a place in Mobile gardens as a striking outdoor plant. A native of southeast Asia, this perennial grows to a height of 12 or more inches and is a perfect filler in shady beds. It also does well in containers. Withstanding mild winters, leggy plants will require trimming back in the spring. Stick the cuttings in a bucket of potting soil and roots will appear in a less than a month. Learn more about this worthwhile addition by clicking on the following link. Aluminum plant

Exotic Drama

God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.

Francis Bacon

Fatsia japonica, a tropical native, is a favorite for many southern gardeners. Its lobed, shiny, leathery leaves are stand outs, adding exotic elegance to shade gardens. Needing annual pruning to maintain shape, this lovely produces clusters of white flowers and berries that are eaten by birds. It grows well in zones 8-11 and can also be used as a house plant. For more information about the beauty click on the following link. Fatsia japonica