TENNESSEE ARTICLE ARCHIVE

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

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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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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SQUASH IT!

Bring on the summer squash! Story and Photos by Cindy Shapton cindyshapton.com Oh the bounty of summer squash, a true sun-loving vegetable that has most gardeners crying uncle under bushels of produce. When we were growing up, my mom would instruct us to lock the car doors whenever we went to town for fear of …

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QUEST FOR THE UNUSUAL

Always be on the lookout for new garden additions Story and Photos by Troy B. Marden troybmarden.com One of the questions I am asked most frequently is, “Where do you find so many unusual plants for your garden?” That question is often followed immediately by, “How do you get them to grow so well?” Let …

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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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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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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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DROP A CHERRY ON TOP

Grow your own cherry tomatoes – the ‘little but mighty’ member of the summer veggie garden Story and Photos by Natalie Bumgarner Over the past few decades, the smaller members of the tomato tribe (most are Solanum lycopersicum) have become a part of nearly every garden and salad (and garden salad). However, this comes after a …

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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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