Home and Garden

Ginger Lilies: Worth the Wait

For gardeners, patience is not only a virtue. It can be rewarding — and ginger lily (Hedychium sp.) proves the point. This intriguing import…

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The Clan Cuphea

In a plant genus, there are often many species, and being closely related, you might think most would exhibit some semblance of similarity in…

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Your Forever Home

From the outside, John and Mary Ellen Toebes’ brick ranch-style home is noteworthy because it sits on a 5.2-acre wooded lot in downtown Cary,…

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‘A’ for Acidanthera

If I were grading flowering plants for their possible inclusion in an ornamental garden, I would consider such common desirable traits as ease to…

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In a Scottish Garden

Thinking about taking a vacation to Scotland this year? Well, certainly don’t miss Edinburgh and the Highlands, but also consider finding time to visit…

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The Backyard Buffet

A morning stroll through Brie Arthur’s yard offers the grandest of garden tours, where corn grows alongside zinnias, peanuts peek from sun-warmed soil and…

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This Polly Is a Cracker

“Unusual,” “strange,” “Martian,” “plastic” — these are the comments typically made about an eye-catching, striking houseplant that goes by the name of ‘Polly,’ with…

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Flowering Toads

Flowering Toads

Think of the word “lily,” and the vision of a colorful, sun-kissed flower with graceful arching petals probably comes to mind. Now, to this…

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