Tough Plants for Southern Gardens
If you have not experienced Felder Rushing in person, you at least need to experience him in print. He has a direct, down-home style that is both endearing and hilarious. He also has a great grip on the facts of successful southern gardening without the pretense of some, more formal writers. In Tough Plants for Southern Gardens (Cool Springs Press, 2003; $25), Felder takes us from annuals and grasses to trees and vines, while providing a wealth of useful information. This book is such an entertaining and informative read, you won't want to put it down!
Favorite or New Plant
Rosemary is the new kid on the block when it comes to plants for holiday decorating. During the holiday season garden centers feature rosemary plants sheared up like mini Christmas trees or topiary spheres. They can be decorated with ribbons or even small, dried peppers for a distinctive southwestern look. The plants are wonderfully fragrant when touched and make a great table centerpiece for a holiday gathering. They need lots of light, so place them in a bright window or leave them outdoors as much as possible. After the holidays they can be planted outside in sunny, well-drained locations. Or plant them in large containers surrounded by flowering bedding plants.