Coastal and Tropical South

April, 2010
Regional Report

Books

Plant Problems
What's Wrong with My Plant? (And How Do I Fix It?) was released last December by Timber Press. If you have ever wished you could describe what's wrong with your plant so someone else could "see" your problem, you"ll like this book. It has a decidedly visual layout and practical approaches to common plant maladies and their cures. Authors David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth together bring a deep background to the book. They are educators and garden coaches, and Deardorff's background is in botany and plant pathology. Keep this book handy- you'll need it! From Timber Press, Inc., 456 pages, 500 color photos, and 600 line drawings, in paperback $24.95.

Favorite or New Plant

Fire Bush or Texas Firecracker
This one is a hummingbird magnet that blooms year round in the Tropics region, and from summer through fall along the Southern Coasts. Hamelia patens grows at a steady rate to become a large shrub in full sun. Perhaps 15 feet is a bit tall, but you can prune fire bush as needed to control its height. The butterfly-pollinated, tubular flowers burst out in red-orange clusters on red stems, giving way to shiny black berries that are a favorite of many birds. It's a beauty and a fine wildlife plant to include in our gardens.

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