Lower South

April, 2009
Regional Report

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Gardening in Deer Country
Gardeners are increasingly having to deal with deer damage to their plants as our neighborhoods sprawl out into the surrounding countryside. This creates quite a challenge in some areas. Central Texas may well be the deer damage capital of the country, although I'm sure that many readers would want to nominate their area for that honor! The Gardening in Deer Country Web site offers some proven tips for preventing deer damage to our gardens and landscapes.

Favorite or New Plant

Rose Campion
There are plants that flower and there are plants with attractive foliage. But what about both? Rose campion (Lychnis cornaria) combines bright magenta blooms that shine like a neon sign with bright wooly, gray/white foliage that really sets the plant apart in a perennial border. Blooms begin in April and continue on into July. This plant is fairly drought tolerant and loves a full to half day sun exposure. The plant is officially a biennial but may last longer. It reseeds readily so there are always new plants coming along to carry on the show. Deer would rather eat something else if they have a choice.

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