Home and Garden

The New Poinsettias

In 1828, Joel Roberts Poinsett thought he was on to something new and nice. After returning from his post as ambassador to Mexico, he…

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Buy, Renovate, Repeat

It’s happening all over: A home that needs work hits the market and sells. Renovations commence, and soon it’s back on the market at…

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Renovation Roadmap

Rarely does a time of seemingly endless dust, disruption and impatience pair with boundless excitement, anticipation and joy, except during home renovations. The choice…

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The Ring of Spanish Bluebells

When it comes to fall-planted, spring-blooming bulbs that can be relied upon to return year after year, crocuses and daffodils almost always top gardeners’…

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Savor Anise Sage

When I find a reliably performing plant that is easy to grow, low in maintenance and long lasting in the eye candy department, you…

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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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