Lower South

May, 2010
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Nierembergia gracilis 'Starry Eyes'
'Starry Eyes' is a beautiful Nierembergia that is well adapted to southern gardens from the Atlantic seaboard to the southwestern parts of Texas. It forms a mounding plant 18 inches tall and 24 inches wide with light airy foliage. In spring 1 inch light lavender blooms with darker lavender centers cover the plant and repeat on into summer. Provide lots of sunlight and well drained soil.

Clever Gardening Technique

Hose Guides
If you've ever been pulling a garden hose around and looked back to see a plant almost destroyed by the hose being dragged over it you'll appreciate this tip. To keep your hoses from "attacking" your plants drive a section of rebar into the ground at the end of each planting bed, leaving about 1 foot sticking out of the ground. Then slip a section of 1/2 inch PVC pipe over the rebar. This PVC will prevent the hose from pulling over the plants and will rotate on the rebar as the hose pulls against it making hose dragging easier!

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