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 Chains

Rain chains are a creative alternative to the traditional downspout. They originated in Japan hundreds of years ago.


Pomegranates (Punica granatum) are a popular fruit know for health benefits associated with its juice.


The Smilax species are weedy vines native to North America. These vines are difficult to control that can interweave through ornamental landscape shrubs.

Managing Weeds

The best and most effective way to manage weeds in the lawn is to maintain a thick and healthy lawn.

Watering Your Garden

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


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, 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 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?