Lower South

April, 2004
Regional Report

Web Finds

How Much Mulch?
With summer coming, gardeners are told to mulch, mulch, mulch. Ever wonder how much mulch you need to cover that flower bed area, say 3 inches deep? Well wonder no more. This Mulch Web page from Clemson University provides a fast, easy reference to get you up to speed in a jiffy.

Favorite or New Plant

Egyptian Star Cluster
Pentas, a.k.a. Egyptian star clusters, are butterfly magnets. These annuals tolerate our hot summers if planted in a part shade location. They prefer well-drained soil and moderate moisture levels. Few pests or diseases bother them, but the butterflies will line up for a sip from their beautiful bloom clusters. The 'Butterfly Series' is a superior performing variety for the south. It reaches 24 inches in height and width, and is well suited for mass planting or patio containers.

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