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More fall color for the shady garden - Japanese skimmia. This site has lots of shade suggestions.

More fall color for the shady garden - Japanese skimmia. This site has lots of shade suggestions.

The foliage of Podocarpus macrophyllus var. 'Maki'

The foliage of Podocarpus macrophyllus var.

Penstemon palmeri | Pink Wild Snapdragon | Low Water Plants, Eco Friendly Landscapes | High Country Gardens

Pink Wild Snapdragon (Penstemon palmeri): loves sandy/gravelly soil and less than rainfall. Plant on the dry slope between house and pasture.

Although you don’t have to live in the tropics to grow plumeria in the home garden, you should be aware of its growing requirements beforehand. Often grown in the garden as an ornamental shrub or small tree, plumeria plants need to be grown in well-draining soil that is slightly acidic. They also need at least six hours of full sun.

Although you don’t have to live in the tropics to grow plumeria in the home garden, you should be aware of its growing requirements beforehand. Often grown in the garden as an ornamental shrub or small tree, plumeria plants need to be grown in well-draining soil that is slightly acidic. They also need at least six hours of full sun.

Bee Balm (Monarda) - Zone 4-9 Full Sun-Part Shade (best flowers in sun). 36"-60" Height/Width. Spreading, clump-forming herbaceous perennial. Bruised foliage is fragrant. Not drought tolerant (best in soil that never completely dries out). Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, & bees. Very susceptible to powdery mildew if overcrowded or overhead watering. Water when leaves wilt in dry weather. In late fall, cut plants back to within several inches of the ground. Propagate by division or seeds.

Bee Balm (Monarda) - Zone 4-9 Full Sun-Part Shade (best flowers in sun). 36"-60" Height/Width. Spreading, clump-forming herbaceous perennial. Bruised foliage is fragrant. Not drought tolerant (best in soil that never completely dries out). Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, & bees. Very susceptible to powdery mildew if overcrowded or overhead watering. Water when leaves wilt in dry weather. In late fall, cut plants back to within several inches of the ground. Propagate by division or seeds.

Dr. Bill’s Plant of the Week – Costus woodsonii – Bellingrath has propagated hundreds of cuttings for use in the summer.  As the plant grows taller, it grows in a spiral fashion thus the name – Spiral Ginger.  Native to Central America, this Ginger is best planted in partial shade.  The undersides of the leaves are velvet to the touch and yellow flowers appear from bright red bracts. In winter, the foliage will die back, but new shoots will appear as soil temperatures warm up in late spring.

Dr. Bill’s Plant of the Week – Costus woodsonii – Bellingrath has propagated hundreds of cuttings for use in the summer. As the plant grows taller, it grows in a spiral fashion thus the name – Spiral Ginger. Native to Central America, this Ginger is best planted in partial shade. The undersides of the leaves are velvet to the touch and yellow flowers appear from bright red bracts. In winter, the foliage will die back, but new shoots will appear as soil temperatures warm up in late spring.

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