Category: The Home Gardener

Looking for gardening tips and information? Various gardening experts offer advice. This also includes The Garden Spot columns by Callen Outen, former Horticulturist for Clemson Extension.

Gardening Indoors

Limited outdoor growing space or cold winters may have you missing fresh homegrown vegetables. Make this the winter you try growing a few vegetables in a sunny window or under artificial lights.


Dollarweed (Hydrocotyle spp.) is a warm-season perennial weed. It gets its name from the silver-dollar shaped leaves.


Chamberbitter is a warm-season, annual weed that emerges in early summer. It reproduces by seeds that are found on the underside of each branchlet.


Anthurium is derived from the Greek words “anothos” and “oura” meaning flower and tail.

Florida Betony

Florida betony (Stachys floridana) is an aggressive weed native to Florida that appeared in South Carolina in the 1940s and 50s. It is also known as wild artichoke and rattlesnake weed.

Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses and grass-like plants are great in the home landscape because of their hardiness, easy maintenance, dramatic appearance, and wide variety of textures, colors, and sizes.


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.