Hort Short: A gem of a shrub

Rhododendron ‘Conlee’ also known as Autumn Amethyst(TM) Encore (R) Azalea is an eye-catching broadleaf evergreen shrub. It tolerates partial shade to partial sun and reaches a height of 4-5 feet with a spread about the same. Like most azaleas it prefers acidic, well drained soil. Its showy, fuchsia flowers bloom first in the spring and…

Hort Short: A Prickly Sight for Sore Eyes

This green, coral-esque tree has recently stirred up quite the buzz here at the garden. Cereus peruvianus ‘Monstrosus’ is a very unique cactus not only because of it’s size, but it’s rare and breath-taking flowers that are not long after followed by delicious fruit. The flowers of this particular cactus are very shy, and bloom…

Hort Short: Beauty with a Bite

Tucked deep in the Lou Glenn Children’s Garden, carnivorous plants are attracting more than just insects! These attention-grabbing native pitcher plants and Venus fly-traps have eye-catching flowers hoisted high above the danger to pollinating insects. This strategy allows them to make seeds for the next generation of plants while ensuring that they don’t accidentally eat the pollinators…

Hort Short: Hearts-a-Bustin

Take a quick look.  Could this strange pink thing in the photograph be some sort of sea creature?  Although reminiscent of a sea urchin, it is actually the pink seed capsule and neon orange seeds of a shrub native to Georgia.  Surprised?  Botanically this shrub is called Euonymus americanus but also goes by the name ‘hearts-a-bustin’….