Lower South

June, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Stunning Black and White Calla Lilies

National News

Calla lilies ( Zantedeschia ) are valued for their speckled leaves and unusual, cup-shaped flowers that come in a variety of colors. Two new varieties -- one with black flowers and one with white...

Best Birches for the South

White-bark birches, such as paper birch ( Betula papyrifera ) and European white birch ( B. pendula ), are popular landscape plants in the North, but not widely grown in the South. Southern...

Americans Not Eating Their Fruits and Veggies

Many Americans are familiar with the "5 A Day" program that encourages people to eat more whole fruits and vegetables. Although the U.S. government, food advocacy groups, and public health...

Keeping Ants Out of Hummingbird Feeders

Feeding hummingbirds is a popular pastime for many gardeners, who hang hummingbird feeders containing sugar water outdoors close to their windows for easy viewing. One of the drawbacks of...

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In the Garden


Creating Attractive Container Gardens

Container plantings add instant eye appeal to our homes, and combining different types of plants in a container is a great way to add even more pizzazz to a porch or patio. Here are some tips for selecting plants to use in combo containers. Sunlight...
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Web Finds

Container Gardening This Container Gardening publication from Alabama Extension provides lots of useful information...

Favorite or New Plant

Sweet Caroline Ornamental Sweet Potato Ornamental sweet potatoes are attractive landscape plants used as summer annual ground covers in...
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Regional Reminders

  • Raise the Mower Blade
  • Fertilize Flowers for Repeat Performances
  • Make Vacation Plans for Plants
  • Plant for Summer Color
  • Control Crape Myrtle Aphids Early

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