ALABAMA ARTICLE ARCHIVE

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

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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YES TO YUCCAS!

Story by Michelle Reynolds The diversity of Alabama’s flora makes it super easy for the Alabama gardener to be inspired by native plants for their beauty, their architectural interest, as well as the wildlife they attract to the home garden. And with more nurseries, local botanical gardens, and nature centers focusing on the propagation and …

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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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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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SQUASH THE SUMMER!

Growing summer squash in your Alabama garden Story by Mallory Kelley In Alabama, a summer garden would not be complete without your favorite summer squash plants. These vegetables are members of the cucurbit family and have many cousins in the vegetable garden. Now, you may be asking, “What plants are in the cucurbit family anyway?” …

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LISA STEELE

Sharing bountiful blooms Story and Photos by Loretta Gillespie Lisa Steele is a true renaissance woman. After retiring from the Lawrence County school system, she decided to return to school to pursue a degree as a nurse practitioner. Since graduating, she has been busy at work in a clinic, but somehow she still finds time …

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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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BORDERS FOR BUTTERFLIES

Story by Peggy Hill I live in rural Alabama, the boonies. When you leave my house, you are on a gravel road for a half a mile. There are no houses or fields on this stretch of road. It’s old, undeveloped timberland, still checkerboarded with pine trees. I walk my dogs down that road almost …

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