Category: The Garden Spot

Looking for gardening tips and information? Callen Outen, Consumer Horticulturist for the Dillon County Clemson Extension Service, answers all your questions on various gardening topics in The Garden Spot.

Rain Gardens

Recently, South Carolina has received a lot of excess rain and an increased potential for stormwater runoff. A rain garden is a landscape feature that can help mediate and reduce stormwater runoff.

Crape Myrtles

Crape myrtles are a popular landscape choice because this tree is as tough as it is beautiful. Many people find the crape myrtles beautiful because of their peeling bark, fall color, the grace of their natural form, and their long summer blooming period.


Do you know when to prune your hydrangeas? Knowing which species or cultivar you have will determine when you need to prune.


Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) is a deciduous ornamental tree that is native to the eastern United States and Canada. This small tree has colorful lavender-pink blossoms that open in early spring.

Spring Vegetables

February is the time to plant early vegetable crops such as garden peas (Pisum sativum) and spinach (Spinacia oleracea).


Orchids are relatively easy to grow and provide six to eight weeks of beautiful flowers.


When people think of a dogwood tree, they often think of a flowering dogwood.

Common Buttonbush

Common buttonbush, also referred to as honey-bells, is a deciduous shrub that was cultivated for a pollen and nectar source for honeybees.

Virginia Sweetspire

Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica) is native shrub from eastern Texas up to New Jersey and thrives throughout South Carolina.


Kalanchoe is a very popular house plant that is usually on sale during late winter and spring months.