Coastal and Tropical South

October, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Five Steps to Bulb Planting Success

National News

The best time to plant spring bulbs depends on where you live. Ideally, wait until the soil temperature is below 60°F. As a general guide, plant in September through early October if you live in...

Fall Cleanup Q and A

Cutting Back Perennials Question: After the first frost, should I cut back the flower stalks on my perennials? Or is it best to leave them as is and cut them back in the spring?...

Shrub Dogwood Trials

Shrub forms of dogwood (Cornus) make excellent landscape plants and are widely used by landscapers around the country. They are known for their green or variegated foliage, attractive flowers and...

New Variegated Hedge Plant

If you’re looking for a tough shrub to plant this fall that provides beauty, versatility, and low maintenance, consider the variegated beauty briar ( Eleutherococcus sieboldianus ‘variegatus’)....

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In the Garden


From the Ruins

A cold winter, a dry summer ... changing moods and attitudes can make a gardener rethink the plants in the landscape. But hurricane-driven winds and flooding force the issue, and it's up to us to make the best of things and begin anew. Necessary...
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Favorite or New Plant

Prickly Pear Cactus Also known as devil's tongue, Opuntia humifusa , is a low-growing, spreading succulent cactus...

Clever Gardening Technique

Forcing Tulips They call it "forcing" in horticulture school, but the process to bring tulips and other flowers...
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Regional Reminders

  • Inspect Camellias
  • Help Wildflowers Reseed
  • Repair Lawns
  • Collect Plant Debris
  • Build Raised Beds

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