Lower South

August, 2004
Regional Report

Web Finds

Fertilizing Trees and Shrubs
Want that new tree to take off and grow at its optimum rate? Check out this handy Web resource, Fertilizing Trees and Shrubs, from the Clemson Extension Home and Garden Information Center. It provides a comprehensive guide to the how, when, and where of fertilizing trees and shrubs in your landscape.

Favorite or New Plant

Philippine Violet (Barleria cristata)
Philippine violet is a semi-hardy perennial that forms an attractive, upright shrub reaching about 3 feet tall. The dark green foliage is very attractive and virtually pest and disease free. In late summer to fall the real show begins as the upright plant stems load up with an abundance of blue flowers. A white-blooming form also is available. Keep the soil moderately moist, and mulch plants well to protect them over the winter. This plant is currently underutilized but sure to grow in popularity fast!

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