Coastal and Tropical South
Learning to Save
Late summer and fall offer many opportunities to save seed of plants old and new, but each sort seems to have a trick or two associated with its successful saving. Visit this Seed-Saving Forum for great seed-harvesting and saving tips. For instance, when harvesting Indian pinks (Spigela) it's best to cut the stems when the seed shucks are nearly open and take them inside. Otherwise, they'll shoot seeds ten feet away into your garden and you'll never find them.
Favorite or New Plant
A Durable Phlox
Gardeners in our region love to look at phlox, but usually in someone else's garden who's more willing to cope with their leaf problems. Most get powdery mildew, some suffer sunburn, and others simply drop dead in August. But Phlox 'Robert Poore' boasts the bright pink flowers we love and leaves that can make it through hurricane season.