Coastal and Tropical South

February, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Purple Ornamental Pepper

National News

Ornamental/edible hot peppers have become all the rage in the gardening world in recent years. There are numerous varieties available that combine the heat and spice of hot peppers with attractive...

Which Fruits Have the Most Antioxidants?

Every few months it seems there's another news story touting a specific fruit as having high levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that have been associated with the prevention of...

Best Bellflowers

Bellflowers (Campanula) are widely adapted, hardy flowers that include more than 300 different annual, biennial, and perennial species. The Chicago Botanic Garden evaluated 89 different perennial...

Compostable Kitchen Bags

Composting is a great way to produce healthy organic matter for the garden and reduce the amount of food scraps and yard waste going to landfills. Many gardeners accumulate kitchen scraps to throw...

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In the Garden


Annual Delights

Annual flowers seem to be taking a back seat to perennials in some gardens. But you, the smart gardener, can reap abundant flowers for months with annuals. It's all in the way you plan and plant the annual flower bed. The Sunny Side Choose a sunny...
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How To Get Started in Southern Gardening How To Get Started in Southern Gardening (Cool Springs Press, 2005), by yours truly, is...

Favorite or New Plant

Bougainvillea Papery bracts in a rainbow of colors make this distinctive plant a regional favorite. Its...
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Regional Reminders

  • Shape Evergreens
  • Renew Hibiscus
  • Harden Off Seedlings
  • Control Aphids
  • Help Lawns Outcompete Weeds

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