Category: The Garden Spot

Looking for gardening tips and information? Callen Outen, Horticulturist, takes up various gardening topics in The Garden Spot.

Luna Moth

The Luna moth (Actias luna) is one of the most stunning moths found in North America.


Did you know there are at least 61 different species of mosquitos in South Carolina?

Indian Pink

Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica), is a native herbaceous perennial that occurs naturally in South Carolina.


Dogfennel (Eupatorium capillifolium) is native to North American and can be a tall annual or short-lived perennial. Dogfennel has densely hairy stems that come from a woody crown.


Do you think wasps are eating your outdoor wooden furniture or structure?

Asian Longhorned Beetle

The Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) is originally from China and the Koreas. It is a large 1 to 1 1/2” long beetle that is black with white spots, long black and white striped antennae, and bluish feet.

Butterfly Weed

Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a native wildflower that is a great source of pollen and nectar for beneficial pollinating insects.

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.