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Garden Worthy Cedar Glade Natives on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Garden Worthy Cedar Glade Natives

Primarily found in the Central Basin of Tennessee, native cedar glade plants can bring interest and color to garden beds. Mary DeHart shares her recommendations for dependable performance and long-lasting blooms.

Native Plants with Fall Interest on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Native Plants with Fall Interest

Native plants make good, dependable performers in a home landscape. Troy Marden is at GroWild Inc. in Fairview TN to show off some favorite plants that offer fall interest.

Caladiums on NPT's Volunteer Gardener


Caladiums are known as 'angel wings'. We check out the varieties in the garden beds and containers of a grower who has included caladiums in her home landscape for more than 30 years. She tells us how and when to plant in USDA zone 7. She also shares when and how to store properly.

Trees for Fall Color on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Trees for Fall Color

Autumn brings nature’s annual color festival of leaves in brilliant shades of red and gold. Troy Marden shares some of his favorite trees that have remarkable fall color that hold their leaves for 6-8 weeks.

Kitchen Display Garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Kitchen Display Garden

There's help for home growers of edibles in this kitchen display garden at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The vegetables and fruits growing in the 55 raised beds are All-America Selections Winners that are proven in taste and performance. Also on display is the integrated pest management achieved with chosen plant combinations.

Sedges on NPT's Volunteer Gardener


Sedges offer accent, color, function and durability for a shady spot. Annette Shrader showcases some native and non-native varieties on the market.

Natives in Plain Sight on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Natives in Plain Sight

We visit a gardener who cherishes native plants even though a lot of lawn services refer to them as weeds. Her yard is a certified wildlife habitat, and she provides as best she can on her urban lot.

Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental Grasses, Crowder Fields

Sheri Gramer tours Crowder Fields where they specialize in field-grown ornamental grasses. We take a closer look at several varieties from tall and substantial down to compact and graceful.

Cold Hardy Succulents on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Cold Hardy Succulents

Jumping cactus, prickly pear, and hens and chicks plants are cold hardy succulents that can be grown outdoors in USDA Zone 7. Troy Marden learns what it takes, or doesn't take, to have these plants fare well year round.

Growing banana plants in zone 7 on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Growing banana plants in zone 7

Banana plants can be a dramatic addition to a home landscape, and create a tropical focal point. Troy Marden visits with a home gardener who has many specimens in his backyard garden, and they discuss the varieties that perform well in USDA Climate Zone 7.

Hellebore Collector on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Hellebore Collector

Did you know there's a perennial that hits peak bloom starting mid-December and varieties that continue through March? Hellebores are frost-resistant, evergreen plants that boast bloom colors in a range of pale green to deep maroon-black. Phillipe Chadwick checks out a home gardener's expansive collection.

Pet Threats from the garden on NPT's Volunteer Gardener

Pet Threats from the garden

Whether its a plant in the ornamental garden, a floral bouquet in a vase, or a houseplant, there are some that can cause harm to a pet. Some can even prove fatal. Tammy Algood talks with a veterinarian about the toxicity of plants.