Sweet autumn clematis is a seductress. You know this vine can engulf shrubs to the point of killing them and if allowed to seed will populate the neighborhood with equally rampant babies. You promised yourself you will not plant her, but then the sweet perfume from her clouds of starlike blossoms reaches your nostrils and you’re doomed. You must have […]
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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.
It’s pretty. It blooms at a time when few vines do. And you can smell its sweet, vanilla fragrance from yards away. But if you plant it, be forewarned. You’ll soon have it pretty much everywhere.
Attention, scofflaws! Grumpy has been making the neighborhood rounds seeing who is in compliance with Federal Law #5371365, Sect. A, Paragraph 6, Part 2, which states, “All mailboxes and lamp posts on private property in view of the street shall be used as supports for growing mandevilla vines during the summer.” And I have been shocked — SHOCKED — to […]
Vines can be beautiful additions to the garden, but some of them are rampaging monsters. Here are five you should NEVER plant if you value your home, your environment, and your sleeping cat.