Coastal and Tropical South

March, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Non-Invasive Spirea

National News

Japanese spirea ( Spiraea japonica ) is an attractive and widely used landscape shrub. But like some other garden staples such as barberry, burning bush and Norway maple, it can be invasive in...

Color in the Vegetable Garden

Planting flowers in among your vegetables certainly adds color to the food garden, but it’s not the only way to liven things up. Why not try planting some colorful vegetables to delight the eye as...

Trouble-free Zinnias

Most gardeners love zinnias, with their bright blossoms in all the colors of the rainbow, save blue. There are tall- and short-growing varieties, ones with single or double blossoms- some are even...

‘Prairie Dream’ Paper Birch

With its white, peeling bark and graceful form, the paper birch is one of the most striking additions to the garden. Unfortunately, in landscape settings it is often short-lived and prone to...

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In the Garden


Flowering Shrubs

Shrubs that have showy flowers are not all alike, but their commonalities bear noting as they relate to caring for the plants. There are three types to consider. Leaf Habits One kind of flowering shrub is called "deciduous". That means the plant,...
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Web Finds

FOG: Florida Organic Growers Yes, it's Florida-centric, but this organization inspires other states in our region. FOG, or...

Favorite or New Plant

Pink Trumpet Tree A spectacular tree that should be better known in the Tropics region, pink trumpet tree is a...
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Regional Reminders

  • Corn care
  • Fat leaves
  • Cutworms beware!
  • Soak it
  • Prevent petal blight

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