Lower South

May, 2009
Regional Report

Web Finds

Web Sites with Tips for Growing a Lawn in the Shade
Have a shady spot and need help getting turf to thrive? Consult these Web sites:

Growing Grass in Shade by Clemson Extension, or

Growing Turfgrass in the Shade by Florida Extension.

These sites are loaded with tips to help you get the most out of your "sunlight-challenged" lawn!

Favorite or New Plant

Esperanza
Esperanza (Tecoma stans), also known as yellow bells, is a spectacular heat-tolerant perennial with striking masses of golden yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers. It blooms profusely through the hottest southern summers through the first fall frost, and is highly resistant to pests and diseases. The new variety 'Gold Star' begins blooming earlier than the standard, southwestern native type and has a denser growth habit.

'Gold Star' esperanza is well suited for large containers to accent entry and patio. It also is stunning in a mass planting along a fence or near the back of a perennial border. Provide it full sun to part shade and a little moisture to help get it established. Once established it can tolerate periodic dry conditions. A dependable perennial in the coastal south, esperanza will usually return each spring if mulched well. In the northern parts of zone 8 and above it may not survive the winter and should be considered an annual. To keep the plant in a mass of flowers all summer long, trim off the clusters of seed pods that follow each flush of blooms.

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