Coastal and Tropical South

September, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Song Bird Kale

National News

Ornamental kale is one of the best plants for adding long-lasting and easy-care color to the fall garden. These sturdy plants keep their good looks long after frost has finished off many autumn...

Downy Mildew of Impatiens

One of the standbys of the shade garden, impatiens has in the past been a pretty trouble-free plant in most situations. Unfortunately, a new disease has arrived on the scene that threatens...

Hardy Geraniums for Fall Color

When it comes to fall foliage colors, we usually think first of trees and shrubs. From the flaming reds, yellows, and oranges of maples to the rich red of chokeberry and the bright yellow of the...

Safe Tomato Canning

As summer winds down, many gardeners are saving the bounty of their vegetable gardens by canning tomatoes. And many of them are using the water bath canning method to process their jars. Water...

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In the Garden


Old Garden Friends

My cypress chair has been with me longer than my husband and has weathered many storms without rot, rust, or splinters. Now, that is one fine wood, and my choice for garden furniture. Cypress furniture takes virtually no upkeep and ages elegantly....
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Web Finds

The Coast Gardener on Facebook It seems like everyone is on Facebook nowadays, including me and Dr. Gary Bachmann. He is The...

Favorite or New Plant

Flowering Pandanus First introduced to me by the intriguing name of climbing screwpine, tropical Freycinetia...
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Regional Reminders

  • Rethink Landscapes
  • Shake Fall Tomatoes
  • Fertilize in Fall
  • Propagate Plants
  • Give Poinsettias Long Nights

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