Giant Liriope or Giant Lilyturf (Liriope gigantea) and Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon japonicus)

One of the most vexing problems for gardeners everywhere is how to deal with the areas of their property in which there is not enough light for turfgrass to grow.  In the southern U.S., St. Augustine grass outperforms other turfgrasses … Continue reading

Moss Rose (Portulaca grandiflora)

If you’re searching for a plant that’s easy to grow, look no further than Portulaca.  Also known as Moss Rose, this genus comprises somewhere between 40 and 100 species native to both Old World and New World locales. Fast-growing on … Continue reading

Swiss Cheese Vine (Monstera deliciosa)

Fewer plants have a stranger appellation than Monstera deliciosa, but at least the name is half right! This sturdy aroid has been described by one prominent botanist as “probably the finest foliage plant ever introduced into horticulture.” But it is … Continue reading

Firebush (Hamelia patens)

No less a publication than Southern Living magazine has long recommended our native Firebush, Hamelia patens, to its readership.  And it’s no wonder.  The species has many endearing qualities. First, if not foremost, it’s rather cold-tolerant.  The Florida Native Plant … Continue reading

Golden Dewdrops (Duranta erecta f/k/a Duranta repens)

If you’re not already familiar with Duranta erecta, now is a good time to get acquainted with this very attractive New World flowering species.  Like a lot of plants, it comes with its own little bag of mysteries:  Its current … Continue reading