Shrub Fact Sheets
This 514 Shrub Fact Sheets Web site from the University of Florida provides a wealth of information on 514 woody ornamental shrubs, most of which are adapted to many parts of the lower south. One of my favorite parts of this site is the fact that it points out any shortcomings of the plant, such as pest or disease susceptibility. It also includes helpful information on the use and management of particular plants.
Favorite or New Plant
Mexican Mint Marigold
A relative of our garden marigolds, Mexican mint marigold (Tagetes lucida) is both a culinary herb and a beautiful fall flowering plant. It returns each year to form a mounded plant 2 to 3 feet tall. In fall the plant is covered with a multitude of small, yellow, single blooms about 1/2 inches across. Plant it in a well-drained soil with full sun for best results. The leaves have distinctive, pleasing anise-like scent (similar to those black jelly beans!). They are used in herbal teas and as a substitute for tarragon in herbal vinegars, salad dressings, and sauces.