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.

Watering Your Garden

Homeowners have several ways to water their gardens. Most of these options are simple to use and work effectively.

Crossvines

Crossvines (Bignonia capreolata) is an evergreen to semi-evergreen native woody vine that is related to trumpet creepers.

Indian Hawthorns

Indian hawthorns (Rhaphiolepis species and hybrids) are low-growing, evergreen, flowering shrubs. They are ideal low-maintenance plants that are good for using in small gardens and as foundation plantings.

Fatsia

Fatsia, also known as Japanese fatsia (Fatsia japonica) is a popular shrub in the Southeast because of its adaptability to cold tolerance and tropical appearance.

Groundcovers

Groundcovers are low-growing plants that form a dense cover and spread quickly. Groundcovers can solve many planting problems on in difficult sites and add beauty to the landscape.

Asian Bleeding Hearts

Hostas, ferns, and Lenten roses are the usual choices for a shade garden. Why not change things up and add a few early spring bloomers that add texture and color to your landscape?

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.

Hydrangeas

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

Redbuds

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.