Monthly Archives: September 2019

Viburnums are underused native landscape shrubs


Last week I discussed hydrangeas. This week I feel it is only appropriate that I cover viburnums. Many people confuse these two groups of shrubs since they have many similar features. There are numerous different species of both, but far … Continue reading

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Black gum is an underused landscape tree


Trees are beginning to change color. One of the earliest and most spectacular is the black gum. You won’t see much of it in domestic landscapes around here, but maybe you should. Black gum (Nyssa sylvatica) is a common forest … Continue reading

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Hydrangeas are many and varied


Asking if you like hydrangeas is like asking if you like dogs. There are so many types. There are bigleaf hydrangeas, mountain hydrangeas, smooth hydrangeas, oakleaf hydrangeas, panicle hydrangeas, and climbing hydrangeas, just to name a few. Hardiness and adaptation … Continue reading

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Surprise – They’re back


Now that fall is here, take a walk along the roadsides and you’ll see them popping up everywhere. Clusters of stems with reddish flowers and no leaves seem to come from nowhere. Sometimes we see them where an old homestead … Continue reading

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Industrial hemp is a potentially lucrative crop for eastern North Carolina


I’ve been tempted to write about this one for a while. I get asked about it all the time, and there seems to be so much confusion concerning it. Hemp is the same species as marijuana (Cannabis sativa), but it … Continue reading

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