Coastal and Tropical South

August, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Butterfly-Attracting, Disease-Resistant Phlox

National News

Midsummer is tall phlox ( Phlox paniculata and P. maculata ) season in the perennial garden. Phlox is known for its beautiful flowers this time of year, but powdery mildew often ruins the show....

Save the Ash Tree

There is a growing concern about native ash trees across the country. The emerald ash borer (EAB) insect has set up home in communities in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and Eastern Canada...

Elderberry Pruning Trials

Elderberry bushes are gaining in popularity. This native shrub is easy to grow and is adapted to a wide range of climatic conditions, including wet areas. It features attractive white flowers and...

National Community Gardening Week

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has named August 23-29, 2009, National Community Gardening Week. As an ongoing commitment to encourage community gardening, the USDA is installing “People’s...

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In the Garden


Late Summer Pests

I was once asked to explain the difference between organic gardening in the South and elsewhere. I concisely explained that we live where the soil never freezes and the bugs never die. The interviewer, a brilliant Yankee, gasped audibly. At this time of...
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Web Finds

The National Society of Allotments I literally stumbled upon the fact that we are currently in the middle of National Allotment...

Favorite or New Plant

Fruit Cocktail Justicia, with its shiny, leathery leaves and brilliant rose pink candle-like flowers, has been a...
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Regional Reminders

  • Popped Pot
  • Canna Leaf Roller
  • Time to Watch
  • Besides Spider Lilies
  • Weed Watch

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