Lower South

August, 2005
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Flowering Senna
Flowering senna (Senna corymbosa, formerly Cassia corymbosa), also called Argentine senna, makes a great shrub or mini tree reaching 6 to 8 feet tall and wide. In late summer through fall the plant is covered with yellow flowers for a stunning show. It is also a larval food source for sulfur butterflies and not a favorite of deer. It is hardy in most parts of the lower south, but avoid pruning from late summer through fall to maintain optimum hardiness.

Clever Gardening Technique

Head Start on Cool-Season Gardening
Here's a question for you. Where would you rather be on a hot day, out in the sun or in the shade of a tree? Well, your cool-season transplants would give the same answer. Cool-season plants, such as broccoli, lettuce, and spinach, don't do well when seeded out in the garden until the weather cools off quite a bit in mid to late fall. We can get a head start by starting them as transplants beneath the outer edges of a shade tree where the light is good but direct sun can't fry them. When they are up and growing, move them to where they get a little more morning sun, then gradually into full sun. They'll soon be ready to go out into the garden.

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