Annual & Perennial Flowers For Mississippi Gardens
Need some guidance on the many flowering plants for your southern landscape? The folks at Mississippi State Extension have created a wonderful online resource Annual & Perennial Flowers For Mississippi Gardens listing numerous annual and perennial flowers for the south. The site includes helpful information on planting and charts showing height, sun exposure and additional comments. One of the best features is suggestions for particular uses such as hot, dry locations, for cut flowers, for colorful foliage or for attracting butterflies.
Favorite or New Plant
Firecracker plant (Russelia equisetiformis) offers color and texture to the landscape. The tubular red blooms are attractive to hummingbirds while the narrow arching stems and foliage create a fine textured "fountain-like" feature. Firecracker plants does best semi-shade to full sun and prefers moderately moist soil conditions. It reaches about 4 feet tall in good growing conditions. Use it spilling over a wall or in containers, including hanging baskets. It is hardy to zone 8 if provided a protective mulch. Gardeners further north can dig and pot it up for overwintering indoors.