Gardening in Tennessee
Hello. I've been looking for a place to discuss gardening, and this community seems to be a busy, helpful place. I live in a small town near the Great Smoky Mountains, and the springs here are lush and green. We're also far enough south that it's sometimes possible to overwinter some plants. I've discovered that my favorite plants are wild and delicate, like the Japanese bloodroot that hides in the shade, with its white flowers sheltering behind broad green leaves; like the pink-flowered wild geranium; like the white foamflower that grows so well in the local woods. Impatiens, so easy to grow in dark, out-of-the-way places, were once my favorite flowers, since almost nothing (except the squirrels and skunks that snap stems in containers while looking for grubs) can keep them from growing and spreading over the summer. But I find that I'm slowly relegating them to places further away from the public walkway. Once I loved nothing better than bright patches of impatiens, zinnias, and marigolds, but lush greenness in dappled light from the woods and pine trees is what I crave these days.