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…

Berries and Bark

January provides a satisfying display here at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.  We see beautyberry, winterberry and the red berries of the strawberry tree.  Bark from trees such as the paperbark maple or the Japanese Stewartia prove that trees are interesting with or without their show of foliage. Callicarpa acuminata ‘Woodlanders’ – one of our beautyberries…

Color Abounds in Gainesville

Just an hour north of the Atlanta Botanical Garden in midtown, the fall tones are beginning to dapple the landscape at our Gainesville location.   Two eye-catching and unusual trees can be found just outside the back doors of our Visitor Center. The first is Pseudolarix kaempferi, also known as golden larch–for obvious reasons!  This tree…

An Experiment with Mini-Clover

Senior Horticulturist over Edible Garden, Raleigh Saperstein, did an experiment this year with mini-clover.  She was curious to see if she could grow it atop burlap for the purpose of using this plant as a cover crop in our rows.

Dawn Redwood

In the early dawn here at the Atlanta Botanical Garden there is no sight as beautiful as Metasequoia glyptostroboides, also called dawn redwood.  Of all our trees here at the Garden, this one probably elicits the most questions.  No, we don’t trim it to make it have that shape.  Yes, it is a deciduous conifer…

Eucomis

This is a lily.  It’s shaped like a pineapple, sort of.  Actually it’s not a real lily, or Lilium.  This is Eucomis and pineapple lily is its common name.  The Eucomis are almost all in bloom this week at the Garden.