Lower South

June, 2013
Regional Report

Web Finds

Planting on a Septic Drain Field
Gardeners with a septic drain field on the property will find Planting on Your Septic Drain Field a helpful reference in landscaping the area over the field. The site provides information on suggested plants, dealing with invasive tree roots, and issues related to vegetable gardens.

Favorite or New Plant

Turks Cap
Turks cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii) is a tough perennial/shrub that generally reaches about 3 feet tall but can grow larger under ideal conditions. It blooms from late spring into fall. The unique, bright red blooms never unfurl but are quite attractive to hummingbirds. Turk's cap does best in a bright shade location and prefers an occasional drink of water, but it can take a drought if necessary.

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