Well, to begin with—there is me. I also have a facebook page that I regularly update for the Callawassie Island Garden Club. Just do a search for that name and it will pop up. I just updated it with one of my favorite pollinator plants – Verbena bonariensis. I have heard it called all sorts of things like lollipop verbena or tall verbain. It is kind of a “see through” plant with skinny stems and pom pom like purple flowers. It reseeds vigorously which annoys some people, but I love to see it popping up and attracting butterflies.
Now for some other resources. Believe me, we all need help down here with our unique conditions. One of the best places to look for advice is Clemson University’s Home and Garden Information Center. Just google Clemson’s Agricultural Extension for all sorts of information for home gardeners as well as farmers.
Check out your local Farmer’s Market to see if there is an “Ask A Master Gardener” booth. If there is, you can bring your plant questions as well as pick up soil sample bags and other informational goodies. There is a tent at the Bluffton Farmer’s Market on Thursday and the Port Royal Farmer’s Market on Saturday. Who knows? I might be there.
If you ever see a copy of The Garden Guide to the Lower South in a used bookstore. Grab it. Published by the Trustees of the Garden Club of Savannah, this book is a wonderful “ go to “ guide for shrubs, trees, perennials, bulbs - you name it - for our region.
If you like to order plants online, but are wary of online nurseries, there is a website for all things garden related with reviews from users. https://davesgarden.com
Daves Garden is a great resource for tools, nurseries, as well as a Plant Scout to find those unusual goodies.
I have been growing quite a few things from seed and there is no better source for seeds than Johnny’s Seeds in Winslow, Maine. http://www.johnyseeds.com I get an amazing germination rate and the catalog is so helpful and extensive. I even grew Sweet Peas from seed and they bloomed profusely until the heat got to them. Plant them in October for a spring bloom.
And before I forget, there is a new nursery north of the Broad River. It is called Lowco Gardeners http://www.lowcogardeners.com and is on Parris Island on the way to Port Royal. They are planning on growing their own plants and that would make them unique among nurseries down here.
As the weather gets hotter, our plants will droop and some will even fail and fade. Have no fear, this is fairly normal and they will to their full glory when the weather gets cooler. In the meantime, get out there in the early morning and enjoy the wonderful colors of June!