Lower South

June, 2005
Regional Report

Try Purslane and Portulaca in Hot Spots

If you want a great blooming ground cover for a hot, sunny area, try purslane or its cousin, moss rose (portulaca). They laugh at summer heat. They do well with very little watering as their succulent stems and leaves make them the "camels" of the flower garden.

Plant Pumpkins and Squash

Winter squash, including pumpkins, take a long time to mature, often 90 days or more. Plant them this month to allow plenty of time for them to mature before cool fall temperatures shut them down.

Plant Succulents in Containers

Now is a good time to create summer containers using succulents, such as echeverias, sedums, and sempervivums. The larger rosettes of the echeverias and sempervivums may be situated in the container with edgings of smaller-leaved sedums.

Choose Your Favorite Daylilies

Daylilies are blooming up a storm this month. Now is a good time to select varieties as they are reaching their peak bloom. With some TLC you can still plant these beautiful perennial flowers into the garden. Give them a sunny spot and work some compost into the soil prior to planting.

Multiply Chrysanthemums

Now is a good time to take cuttings of your favorite chrysanthemums for rooting new plants. Take 3- to 4-inch cuttings, remove the lower leaves, dip in a rooting hormone, and place in a moist mixture of sand and peat moss. Cover with a clear plastic cover and place in a bright area out of direct sunlight. Keep the rooting mix moist and in a few weeks when new growth starts to appear, gently remove and repot cuttings.

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