Lower South

June, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Stunning Black and White Calla Lilies

National News

Calla lilies ( Zantedeschia ) are valued for their speckled leaves and unusual, cup-shaped flowers that come in a variety of colors. Two new varieties -- one with black flowers and one with white...

Best Birches for the South

White-bark birches, such as paper birch ( Betula papyrifera ) and European white birch ( B. pendula ), are popular landscape plants in the North, but not widely grown in the South. Southern...

Americans Not Eating Their Fruits and Veggies

Many Americans are familiar with the "5 A Day" program that encourages people to eat more whole fruits and vegetables. Although the U.S. government, food advocacy groups, and public health...

Keeping Ants Out of Hummingbird Feeders

Feeding hummingbirds is a popular pastime for many gardeners, who hang hummingbird feeders containing sugar water outdoors close to their windows for easy viewing. One of the drawbacks of...

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In the Garden


Give Your Landscape a Tropical Look

Anyone who has lived in the lower south for even one summer knows that by June this place feels like the tropics! High temperatures and humidity can make life tough for plants and gardeners alike. Tropical plants thrive in the heat and are a great...
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Web Finds

Propagating Shrubs from Cuttings This Web site on Propagating Shrubs from Cuttings from the University of Georgia is a great...

Favorite or New Plant

Batface Cuphea Batface cuphea is a drought-tolerant annual that loves a sunny exposure. It has a prostrate...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Summer-Loving Veggies
  • Prune Spring-Blooming Shrubs
  • Raise the Mower Blade
  • Powdery Mildew is Back
  • Prevent Blossom End Rot

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