Coastal and Tropical South

December, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Balloon Flower Trial

National News

Balloon flowers ( Platycodons grandiflorus ) are beautiful summer-blooming perennials that come in a range of flower colors including, pink, white, and blue. They grow to a height of about 3 feet...

New California Lilac Has Colorful Foliage

Ceanothus is known as the California lilac. This shrub is hardy only in USDA zones 8 to 10. However, in those areas it grows 8 feet tall and wide and produces lavender-colored flowers from...

Smelly Compost Pile? Just Add Water

Composting is a great way to reduce household and yard organic waste and create a good soil amendment for your garden. While the materials in a well constructed compost pile will break down...

Illustrated Guide to Gardening Now Organic!

The Illustrated Guide to Gardening has been a gardening bible for many for years. Originally published in 1970s, this book has been the mainstay for many a gardener across the country. The All...

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In the Garden


First Impressions

Make a positive statement with your choice of "dooryard" plants, the ones you and your visitors see just before stepping indoors. A set of steps going up to a porch, or a pair of columns framing the door offer perfect spots for color and texture. Start...
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Web Finds If you are interested in healthy gardens, you should be interested in bees. Their plight,...

Clever Gardening Technique

Pruning Deciduous Shrubs Don't put off pruning deciduous shrubs until the only thing to do is mow them down! Get a grip on...
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Regional Reminders

  • Create a Houseplant Spa
  • Clean Houseplants of Insects
  • Grow Your Own Easter Basket Grass
  • Reduce Water and Fertilizer on Cacti
  • Get Started Composting

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