August is a time when most people treat their air-conditioned homes like chipmunk burrows — scurry outside for 10 seconds, then scurry right back in. When Alabama humidity runs like the Amazon down my windows, I need a good excuse to venture to the garden. Fortunately, I have it — this brilliant orange ginger lily.
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Anyone who’s gardened in containers for long knows the magic formula — for an effective container, you need a “thriller” (upright, showy plant), “fillers” (mounding plants on the sides), and “spillers” (trailing plants that cascade over the sides). And there can be no doubt that the most popular thrillers of all are the many selections of sweet potato vine.