Category: The Garden Spot

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

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?

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.