Coastal and Tropical South

February, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Say "Aloha" to Echinacea

National News

Can't make it to Hawaii for a vacation this year? You can at least bring a little island color into your garden this year with the new hybrid coneflower 'Aloha'. Bred by Terra Nova Nurseries, this...

Jammin' in the Garden

Deeply colored flowers can add a striking accent to garden beds and container plantings. And there are few that offer a more dramatic hue than Vinca 'Jams 'N Jellies Blackberry', one of the 2012...

Bats in Trouble

In 2006 a previously unknown disease was discovered killing bats in northern New York State. Since then the disease, now called white-nose syndrome for the symptom it causes in infected bats, has...

Thirsty Lawns

Here's a question for you. Which covers a greater acreage in the United States -- lawns or irrigated corn fields? If you guessed lawns, you got it right. According to a study published in the...

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In the Garden


Roses for All

In every survey, America's favorite flower is the rose. For drama in the garden and vase, flower colors that span the rainbow, and the fragrance of poetry, grow roses. Not every rose will perform its magic where we live, so use this basic primer to get...
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Shows & Events

The Gulf Coast Garden and Patio Show Please join me on March 2, 3, and 4, at the Mississippi Coliseum in Biloxi. This event is the...


Growing Fruits and Berries So many gardening books that cross my desk have no relevance to our regions and I seldom read...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Potatoes Now
  • Stop Sagging Chives
  • Prune Butterfly Bushes
  • Keep Seedlings Strong
  • Plant Wax Begonias

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