Lower South

July, 2007
Regional Report

Web Finds

Plumerias 101
Plumerias, the Hawaiian lei flower, are enchantingly beautiful and really not that difficult to grow if you follow a few simple guidelines. If you would like to grow a plumeria but don't know how, this Plumeria 101 Web site will get you up to speed with an incredible array of useful information and growing tips. Helpful photos also make it a must-stop site for anyone wanting to grow these unique plants.

Favorite or New Plant

'Nanho Purple' Butterfly Bush
Butterfly bush is a must for gardeners wishing to attract butterflies. The beautiful bloom spikes are wonderfully fragrant and keep on coming all summer long. There are many great varieties in an array of bloom colors including white, lavender, violet, purple, and yellow. 'Nanho Purple' bears fragrant, light purple blooms that show up well in the landscape. Plant buddleia in full to part sun, and plan on trimming back the spent bloom shoots once or twice during the summer as bloom cycles fade to encourage a new flush of growth and blooms. Mites can be a problem in hot, dry locations during the summer months but can be kept at bay with periodic blasts of water. Spray upward from beneath the foliage. Or use insecticidal soap applied in the same manner early in the morning.

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