ALABAMA ARTICLE ARCHIVE

Below you will find our growing collection of Alabama-specific articles. Enjoy!

HANGING OUTDOORS

Creating cozy outdoor rooms in your Alabama landscape Story and Photos by Loretta Gillespie An outdoor room can be many things to many people. It can be a kitchen with all new appliances and gadgets galore; it can be rustic with natural elements, and anything in between. In today’s eclectic world of décor, there is …

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SOFT CARESS

A profile of ‘Soft Caress’ mahonia Story and Photos by Peggy Hill Many people make the mistake of designing their gardens around flowers. They concentrate on creating pleasing blends of colors and flower shapes. While blooms are important, your focus should be on exciting foliage combinations; the flowers that come and go are merely the …

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BRING THE HEAT!

Growing hot and hotter peppers in the home garden Story by Katharine Musso Hot peppers are used to add heat to dishes across the globe: Mexican salsa, Ethiopian Berbere stew, and Thai red curry, to name just a few. Fresh hot peppers can be used for an authentic classic pasta sauce arrabbiata, which means “angry” …

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AFFECTION FOR NATURE

This landscape is a garden of trees … and so much more Story by Katie Jackson When Jim Henderson was a child wandering in the woods around his family’s rural Georgia home, he developed a deep affection for nature, especially trees, so it’s no surprise that in 1972 when he and his wife Bonnie looked …

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CHOICES MATTER

Do your part in stopping the spread of invasives Story by Michelle Reynolds Take a hike in any nearby woods, and chances are good that you will see the effects of someone’s poorly thought out landscape plan. In my neck of the woods (Birmingham and central Alabama), I see escaped English ivy (Hedera helix) climbing …

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ANNUAL SPRING FLING

Creating ways to incorporate annuals in your garden Story and Photos by Loretta Gillespie After years of gardening in the same spot it sometimes gets hard to come up with new and interesting ideas for displaying and using plants. However, if you read magazines, watch gardening shows, or drive through different neighborhoods, you can find …

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PINEAPPLES FOR POLLINATORS

‘Golden Delicious’ pineapple sage Story and Photos by Peggy Hill You may have grown pineapple sage before, but have you tried the cultivar ‘Golden Delicious’? It is spectacular! It has everything you love about pineapple sage: It’s a hummingbird and butterfly magnet, it’s deer resistant, and it’s heat tolerant. When crushed, pineapple sage’s foliage smells …

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Photo courtesy of Mt. Cuba Center.

GOLDEN ALEXANDERS

Story by Peggy Hill Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea) was chosen as the featured native plant for the 2018 Birmingham Botanical Gardens spring plant sale, and Gail Snyder, Native Plant Group chairperson, explains why: “Zizia aurea is one of our lesser-known native plants, and therefore it is sadly underutilized. We hope that featuring Zizia will encourage …

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FIFTEEN FIXES

Problems you can solve in your warm-season vegetable garden Story and Photos by Kate Musso Every vegetable gardener starts the growing season with starry-eyed hopes for a bountiful, blemish-free harvest. It doesn’t take long, however, for reality to set in. Perhaps it’s a failure of seed to germinate or the sudden death of a healthy-looking …

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