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Darling Deutzias: Great Shrubs

By Stephanie Hudak, Columnist Darling Deutzias. Okay, maybe I stretched it a bit with the title, but deutzias are a great shrub that isn’t used enough in the landscape. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors with the added attraction of being deer resistant

Sustaining Wildlife

By Stephanie Hudak, Columnist Okay, usually I end my story recommending a book. This time I am going to start the story with a book title. Douglas W. Tallamy has written a great book about sustaining wildlife entitled ‘Bringing Nature Home’. It is filled with wonderful ideas

Great Cold Weather Plants

By Stephanie Hudak, Columnist Good Grief Charlie Brown, when will this cold, rain, and snow end. My poor pansies in the city containers are struggling to stay in bloom. Let’s hear it for the kale and the parsley though. More on who were the winners and losers

Garden Notes: Kale, Kale, Kale

By Stephaine Hudak, Columnist This week marks a year that my partner in life passed away and lots of thoughts have gone through my mind. The one that makes me laugh and will continue to bring a smile to my face is what Tom always said about

New Plants for 2014

By Stephanie Hudak I was going to tell you how the containers were fairing after that single digit nightmare we had. Well, the short story is — bad. Except for the kale which did great; wait I need to clarify that. The Winterbor kale looks wonderful. Wanna

Winter Stalwarts

By Stephanie Hudak, Columnist Don’t we love the weather in Georgia and setting record weather marks: a record amount of rain in 2013, a record low temperature in the single digits; a record high over 100 in the summer of 2012, a drought that left Alabama mad

Lenten Roses – A Bright Spot in Winter

By Stephanie Hudak, Columnist Lenten Roses are wonderful plants. But one thing they are not — roses. So what are they? One of the best shade plants you can put in your garden. They are deer and rabbit repellent and have few diseases problems. Their correct name

Winter trees and shrubs have a lot to offer

By Stephanie Hudack The leaves are off the trees and hopefully being composted somewhere. Well, the leaves are gone from most trees, except those oaks and beech trees which hang on to them until spring. Not a bad thing though. That beige color is kind of nice.

Sweet Box

By Stephanie Hudak, Columnist I am so lucky to have a good friend who is a great gardener and a wonderful writer. Connie Cottingham is the person who encouraged me to start writing myself – and, thank goodness, mentored me along the way. She has a really

Winter Beauty

  By Stephaine Hudak Okay, it isn’t officially winter, but it sure looks and feels like it. The intense cold temperatures finally did in the last of the plants in my yard. Well, except for those wonderful winter weeds. Yes, I should have put out that pre-emergent