Lower South

June, 2009
Regional Report

Web Finds

Efficient Use of Water in the Garden and Landscape
The Efficient Use of Water in the Garden and Landscape Web publication provides excellent information on saving water while maintaining a beautiful and productive garden. Especially helpful are the guidelines for water requirements for young trees and the charts for watering various types of plants.

Favorite or New Plant

Potato Vine
Potato vine (Solanum jasminoides), a relative of potatoes and tomatoes, produces a moderately vigorous vine growing to 15 feet. It does well along a fence or up a trellis if you help it along as it lacks tendrils or "holdfasts" for support. Clusters of white blooms adorn the plant from spring to fall and show up well against the glossy, dark green leaves. A blue-flowering form is also available. It does well in full sun but can take a surprising amount of shade where its white blooms really show off. All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested.

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