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.

Eggplant

Eggplant (Solanumm melongena) is a warm-season vegetable that has a long growing season and grows slowly during cool periods. It grows best in temperatures between 70 and 85F.

Crape Myrtles

Lagerstroemia species is a beautiful summer-flowering, deciduous tree.

Japanese Privet

Ligustrum is the genus of the wicked privet plants. Common or European privet and Chinese privet have escaped into the wild across the South East and are weedy and invasive.

Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina)

Nandina, also known as heavenly bamboo, (Nandina domestica) is an evergreen or semi-evergreen broadleaf shrub. It is a tough and durable plant in the landscape.

Mountain Mint

Mountain mint is an easy-to-grow perennial that flowers from July to August. It is also a magnet for many pollinators such as wasps, skippers, bees, and moths.

Wildflowers

Wildflowers are rising in popularity in gardens and landscape. They add beauty to any landscape as well as attracting forms of wildlife. Some wildflowers are ideal for cut or dried flower arrangements.

Lichens

Lichens are plant-like organisms. Lichens are not a moss or plant, but they are an alga and fungus growing together in the same body in a symbiotic relationship.

Invasive Plants

What are invasive plants? An invasive plant is one that is non-native or exotic, is introduced to an area, and has no natural predators.

Topping Trees

Topping Trees also known as heading, hat-racking and rounding over are commonly done to reduce the size of a tree.

Homegrown Potatoes

Between now and the end of March is the best time to plant potatoes. Homegrown potatoes taste far superior than potatoes bought from the supermarket.