Coastal and Tropical South

August, 2005
Regional Report

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National News

Storm water runoff can be a big problem in summer during heavy thunderstorms. As the water rushes across roofs and driveways, it picks up oil and other pollutants. Municipal storm water treatment...

A Different Lamb's Ears

When you say lamb’s ears ( Stachys byzantina ), most flower gardeners think of the perennial with silvery white, wooly foliage and purple flower spikes. However, there is another version of lamb’s...

All About Watermelons

There is nothing that says “summertime” like fresh watermelon. If you’re looking for more ways to use watermelons in recipes, as decorations, or in activities with your kids, check out the...

New False Aster

Boltonia is a flower in the aster family that blooms in late summer. A North American native, boltonia produces masses of white, pink, or violet flowers, depending on the variety. This perennial...

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In the Garden


Why Plants Have Names

Whether you know it or not, people gather every year to argue about the scientific names of plants. This science is known as taxonomy; the naming of plants is botanical nomenclature. A Storied History Plant names reveal much. Whereas common names...
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Web Finds

Botanical Binomials For more information about plant names and their meanings, read Botanical Binomials -- What Do...

Tool or Gardening Product

Professional Hedge Shears The Professional 24.5" Hedge Shears have it all for gardeners with frequent hedge shearing to do....
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Regional Reminders

  • Rejuvenate Ferns
  • Plant for Fall
  • Improve Poorly Draining Soil
  • Renew Annuals
  • Prune Hedges

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