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  • Perennial Milkweed Adds Beauty to the Garden and Feeds Pollinators

    Aug 11, 2022

    Tennessee is fortunate to have 14 native species of milkweed (Asclepias sp.). Most are easily grown from seed and can do well in landscape plantings. All are excellent plants for feeding our native pollinator insects. Butterflies, bees, beetles, flies, moths and a variety of wasp species obtain nectar from milkweed plants. Milkweeds have become synonymous with the monarch butterfly. Yet, the monarch is one of many insect species that depend on milkweed to complete their life cycle. Other...

  • Lavender, the Useful Plant

    Jun 9, 2022

    How many times do you use the phrase "stop and smell the roses"? This sentiment also applies to many plants and especially to lavender. One of my favorite places in the University of Tennessee Gardens, Knoxville, is the Herb Spiral. Not only is the spiral a wonderful display of herbs, but it also features beautiful lavender growing among its rocks. The particular plant is Spanish lavender (Lavandula stoechas). With its "bunny ears" appearance, just looking at it makes you smile because it looks...

  • UT Gardens' March 2022 Plant of the Month

    Mar 10, 2022

    Submitted by Troy B. Marden, host of Nashville Public Television's Volunteer Gardener Bishop's hat and fairy wings are charming common names for Epimedium and if you look at the flowers and newly unfurling leaves in early spring, it is clear how they came by them. As the tiny, wing-like leaves emerge from underground rhizomes in March and April, they are accompanied by clusters of delicate, dangling flowers which, with a bit of imagination, could be reminiscent of certain ecclesiastical...

  • A Bold Landscape Statement

    Jan 20, 2022

    Submitted by Andy Pulte, UT Department of Plant Sciences, and director, UT Gardens, GATOP Perhaps one of the most graceful of all evergreens we can grow, deodar cedar (Cedrus deodara) can be a unique addition to your garden. This is one of the four known true cedars and can be a striking specimen. In the Southeast we are not able to provide it with ideal growing conditions. However, it's important with this species to think through the conditions we can provide. With a little bit of forethought...

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