The SC Longleaf Common Garden Project

Clemson Extension Agent and Host of "Making It Grow" visits with Clemson Extension Agent TJ Savereno at the South Carolina Longleaf Common Garden located at the Sandhills Clemson Research and Education Center. This garden project is focused on a variety of native plants commonly found in the understories of longleaf pine forests. There are three main plant groups associated with longleaf ground cover. One is the group of legumes, which improve soil fertility and produce seeds that are high in protein and consumed by many species of wildlife. Second are native grasses, such as wire grass and the bluestems, which offer shelter and also provide fuel for fire. Third are the asters, which are blooming plants that attract native pollinators and that also produce seeds eaten by songbirds and small mammals.