TENNESSEE ARTICLE ARCHIVE

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

DAWN VIBURNUM

Story and Photos by Hubert P. Conlon Visit his blog here: whatgrowsthere.com ‘Dawn’ viburnum is a multi-stemmed, 8-10-foot-tall shrub that blooms in late winter and deserves to be planted in more Tennessee gardens (USDA Hardiness Zones 5-9). It offers four seasons of landscape beauty. In the first warm days of March, the reddish buds swell …

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ANNUAL OVERDRIVE

Revving up your garden with seasonal color Story and Photos by Troy B. Marden troybmarden.com Annuals often get a bad rap. “They’re too costly!” “I have to plant them every year!” “I don’t want all of that maintenance!” These and many others are among the litany of excuses I hear from people not planting more …

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CURB APPEAL

Planning and installing a beautiful front yard landscape Story by Margeaux Emery Photos by Sue Hamilton Curb appeal is the first impression of your home and provides a great opportunity for creativity. As a realtor would say, this valuable real estate is all about location, location, location.  Foundation plantings are all too often the emphasis …

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QUEENS OF THE GARDEN

The long-lived and spectacular clematis Story by Troy B. Marden troybmarden.com One of the very first vines I ever grew was the old-fashioned purple Clematis ‘Jackmanii’. I was 6 years old. This was back in the day when almost every store that offered general merchandise had a garden section where houseplants were offered year round …

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SCREAMIN YELLOW FALSE INDIGO

Story by Hubert P. Conlon Yellow false indigo is native to the lower Midwest and Gulf states. ‘Screamin’ Yellow’ is an outstanding cultivar that was originally found in Arkansas. It grows more compact and blooms heavier than the species.  This vigorous clump grower blooms on sturdy, upright stems. In early May, 12-inch spikes of bright …

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SOME LIKE IT HOT

Growing spicy peppers in your Tenenssee garden Story and Photos by Cindy Shapton cindyshapton.com Whether you love food with a little kick or so hot it brings tears to your eyes, having fresh peppers (Capsicum spp.) in the garden or in containers right outside your door is downright handy when you have a hankering for …

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A SELF PORTRAIT

A long-time Tennessee Gardener writer profiles his own garden Story and Photos by Huber P. Conlon The Conlon Garden in Johnson City was established 32 years ago. Our family (Hugh, Jane, and our three children) had moved from western Iowa to our new home on a ¼-acre residential lot. I (Hugh) was hired by UT …

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SPRING AWAKENING

Early-spring tasks in the garden are the best Story and Photo by Troy B. Marden troybmarden.com March is one of my favorite months in the garden. Crocus, winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis), and the earliest daffodils (Narcissus spp.) brighten the chilly days and Lenten roses (Helleborus spp.) push forth their flowers, coaxed from cold soil by …

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KEEP OUT!

9 ways to keep critters out of your vegetable garden Story and Photos by Cindy Shapton cindyshapton.com If you are a gardener, then you are already aware that your garden is a popular place not only for you, but also the many critters that like to help themselves to your hard work. It’s a constant …

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