Native Plants for Georgia
Had I consulted Native Plants for Georgia before planting sweet autumn clematis, I might have chosen a native to plant along the fence. This recently published Georgia Cooperative Extension publication provides information and photos of native trees, shrubs, and woody vines. Good alternatives to clematis include crossvine (Bignonia capreolata), Carolina yellow jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens), and American wisteria (Wisteria frutescens).
Clever Gardening Technique
Mulch with Weeds
As you pull up young annual weeds like lamb's-quarter and pigweed in your vegetable garden, toss them between plants or rows to use as mulch. The plant material will break down and add organic matter. Remove perennial weeds that might resprout. And if any weed is starting to flower, remove that from the garden, too. The plant may continue to develop seeds even after it's pulled.