Coastal and Tropical South

January, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Pink-Edged Sea Holly

National News

Sea holly ( Eryngium spp.) is a sun-loving, easy-to-grow perennial that’s hardy in USDA zones 5 to 8. It features 3-foot-tall flower stalks topped with spiny, silvery blue flower heads. The...

A Shovel With Attitude

The Kombi shovel is described as a “shovel with attitude.” One look at it makes you see why. It looks more like a medieval weapon than a garden tool. The Kombi has sharp, deeply serrated edges on...

New Multicolored Dahlia

Dahlias come in a wide variety of colors that gardeners combine to produce a multicolored effect. Now a new variety offers multiple colors on one plant. ‘Changing Colors’ dahlia features flowers...

Best Grass for Low-Nitrogen Lawns

Lawns are ubiquitous in the United States, and most homeowners fertilize their lawns at least once a year, usually with a high-nitrogen product. This has raised environmental concerns because...

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In the Garden

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Pruning Crape Myrtles

By this point in January many homeowners note that some of their neighbors have cut back their crape myrtles severely, while others have only snipped back the branches. Still others haven't pruned at all. Even more confusing, the crape myrtles seem to...
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Resources

Books

Organic Gardening Indoors Julie Bawden-Davis offers up great advice in her new book, Indoor Gardening the Organic Way...

Tool or Gardening Product

Ups A Daisy and Better Than Rocks As containers get larger, they can be expensive to fill with soil and a literal pain to move. I...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant More Trees
  • Watch for Camellia Petal blight
  • Gather Seed-Starting Supplies
  • Caring for Potted Topiaries
  • Root African Violets From Leaves

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