Coastal and Tropical South

June, 2011
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Annual Red Verbena
Some plants do much better in containers, especially annuals like verbena that do not have much tolerance for heat and humidity. 'Superbena Royale Red' (Verbena hybrid), one of a group released by Proven Winners, takes a giant leap by offering plants with more staying power, including color retention, and less chance of melting in a thunderstorm. They do not seem to attract spider mites, either, as so many verbenas do. Although they are described as self-cleaning, the flowers remain on the plant for a few days after they dry up. Go ahead and deadhead the spent flowers to neaten the plants looks and speed the process of forming more flower buds. Fertilize regularly at half strength for continuous blooms.

Tool or Gardening Product

Miracle-Gro Kids Terrarium
Here is a clever way to introduce gardening to children that can work well for new gardeners of any age and anyone with limited outdoor space. This colorful plastic terrarium is self-contained, provides humidity with clever domes, and comes with everything you need to get started. The simple mechanisms are easy to manipulate for hands of all sizes, making it easily interactive for a person of any age to use. The kit comes with seeds, which you can use or replace with other varieties, and a special potting mix blended for this terrarium. The mix changes color when the soil needs water. This addition makes this crucial task easier to do and therefore more rewarding and confidence-building. Get one for the grandkids or give one to a teacher or the activity director at a camp or congregate living facility. This is a cool, working terrarium that everyone can enjoy.

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