Lower South

April, 2010
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Tangerine Beauty Crossvine
'Tangerine Beauty' crossvine (Bignonia capreolata) is a splendid vine for covering a fence or an arbor in the Lower South. It bursts forth with a splendid early to mid spring show of trumpet-shaped blooms in a tantalizing shade of coral/orange. Leaves are evergreen in the Lower South in all but the coldest winters and turn a purplish tint with the arrival of cool weather.

Clever Gardening Technique

Interplanting Vegetables
Plant a fast maturing crop in between slower growing crops to get more out of the space. For example, I just put a late planting of arugula and lettuce in between some young tomato plants. The lettuce will be done and out before the tomatoes come into their harvest season. Interplanting is certainly not new, but is way underutilized by gardeners.

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