Category: Home & Garden

All hail the regal OSTRICH FERN

by Tony Avent illustration by Ippy Patterson In my travels through much of the northeastern United States, I have always been struck by the amazing masses of ostrich fern happily congregated in low wetlands. I was determined to grow this…

Just one plant: Edgeworthia Chrysthantha

by Tony Avent illustration by Ippy Patterson  I’ll always remember the day I spotted my first edgeworthia, tucked beside the narrow, dark, windy path that used to lead past the old lath house at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum. There it…

Just one plant: Stokes Aster

by Tony Avent illustration by Ippy Patterson   Though it grows wild from coastal North Carolina westward to Louisiana, gardeners in our area have traditionally found their Stokes’ Asters at the local nursery. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, all…

Hellebores: A rose is a rose, except when it’s a lenten rose

by Tony Avent illustration by Ippy Patterson Most folks don’t typically think of winter as a great garden season, especially if they migrated here from the northern gardening hinterlands. In Raleigh, however, winter is usually filled with windows of good…

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