Lower South

April, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

A Titanic Flower

National News

The titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) is one of the most spectacular plants around. This native of Indonesian rain forests grows from a corm that weighs over 200 pounds. Its flower is composed...

Rhododendron of the Year

Rhododendrons and azaleas (both members of the genus Rhododendron ) have some of the loveliest blooms around, so it's not surprising that these shrubs are popular plants across the country. But...

Put Your Garden on the Map

Gardeners are usually bird lovers as well as plant enthusiasts. Now you can combine both these interests in a citizen science project that's designed to give you a deeper understanding of the...

The Strange Case of Barberry, Ticks, and Earthworms

We've all probably heard about the problems caused by invasive plant species crowding out native vegetation and altering the ecosystem. But new research has shown that at least one invasive...

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In the Garden


The Bane and Blessing of Wayfaring Plants

I've been struck on many occasions how plants have a way of deciding where they are going to grow despite the intentions of the gardener. Sometimes this presents a problem, such as when an "overenthusiastic" plant begins to take over. Other times it is...
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Tool or Gardening Product

Fiskars UpRoot Weed & Root Remover If you've spent a lot of time on hands and knees pulling weeds in your lawn you'll appreciate the...

Clever Gardening Technique

Confine Spreading Plants Plants that spread by runners or rhizomes can be kept in bounds by placing a solid wall around...
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Regional Reminders

  • Hand Pull Weeds In Turf
  • Keep Tomato Roots Evenly Moist
  • Shear Hedges Regularly
  • Train New Canes on Climbing Roses
  • Set Out Herb Transplants

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