Middle 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


Become an Amateur Phenologist

Most gardeners like to observe nature, and it's especially exciting in spring when we see plants and animals return after the long winter. Pity the poor soul who doesn't thrill at the sight of the first crocus, or robin, or bluebird -- what wonders they...
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Shows & Events

The Great Backyard Bird Count The Great Backyard Bird Count takes place on February 15 through 18, 2008. This annual event...

Clever Gardening Technique

Plan an Early Sowing of Hardy Annuals Sow some seeds of hardy flowering annuals including larkspur, bachelor's buttons, sweet peas,...
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Regional Reminders

  • Force Flowering Branches
  • Wait to Prune Spring-Flowering Shrubs
  • Inspect Trees and Shrubs for Winter Damage
  • Have Soil Tested
  • Add Trellises

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