Coastal and Tropical South

April, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Gardening For the Cure

National News

Smooth leaf hydrangeas ( Hydrangea arborescens ) are adaptable native shrubs that flourish in many parts of the country. And breeders have given us a host of beautiful cultivars to choose from....

A Dangerous Book

Be forewarned. The minute you open The Gardener's Color Palette , you can kiss your savings account goodbye. Because once you get a look at the stunning photographs of flowers by Clive Nichols...

Karmic Justice?

Anyone who gardens in the eastern U.S. is familiar with the Japanese beetle, that voracious consumer of just about anything green in the garden. It is one of the most destructive pests east of the...

A Helenium of a Different Color

Helenium, also known as sneezeweed, has long been a favorite for adding color to the late season garden. The daisy-like flowers with raised centers bloom in autumnal shades of orange, red, russet...

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In the Garden

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Perennial Pleasures

Everybody likes a plant that looks nice at least most of the year and blooms regardless of what we do or don't do for it. Some such plants are plastic or silk, but others are perennial favorites in our regions. Different Perennial Definitions The...
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Resources

Books

Plant Problems What's Wrong with My Plant? (And How Do I Fix It?) was released last December by Timber Press....

Favorite or New Plant

Fire Bush or Texas Firecracker This one is a hummingbird magnet that blooms year round in the Tropics region, and from summer...
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Regional Reminders

  • Container gardens
  • Changing conditions
  • Honeysuckle invasion
  • Shady porch pots
  • Indoor plant sanctuary

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