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September 16, 2019 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Herb Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Home gardeners and professional landscapers can tour display gardens and attend educational seminars during an upcoming horticultural show.

The Fall Flower & Garden Fest is set for Oct. 11 and 12 at the Mississippi State University Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station in Crystal Springs. The fest runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Admission and parking are free. The station is located at 2024 Experiment Station Road.

White spots line all sides of a narrow branch seen in the foreground of a tree beside the road.
September 9, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

This weekend while driving in my hometown of Ocean Springs, I looked at the crape myrtles planted in the median all along Highway 90. I noticed that most of the trees had a dark cast to them, even on a bright, sunny morning.

A round cluster of red, tubular flowers rises above a sea of lime green leaves.
September 3, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

About 10 years ago while attending a meeting in Miami, I had the opportunity to tour around south Florida, sightseeing and enjoying the horticulture.

Dark brown soil in a small white box.
September 3, 2019 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Soil Testing, Vegetable Gardens

You’ve spent all summer planting and maintaining your garden or mowing your lawn and are ready for a break. But before you put your landscape to bed for a long winter’s nap, consider applying lime.

A group of yellow, orange and red flowers.
August 27, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Smart Landscapes, Vegetable Gardens

How is it already September? I know I’m not the only one in disbelief that fall is right around the corner! Now’s a good time to prep your garden for the upcoming cooler temps.

Clusters of small, reddish-purple berries line branches among a sea of green leaves.
August 26, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

One of my favorite Mississippi native plants is just starting to show its true landscape value. Of course, I’m referring to our native Callicarpa americana, known commonly and affectionately as the American beautyberry.

A clump of large caladium leaves with green edges and pink centers growing out of a bed of pine straw.
August 19, 2019 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

In recent years, gardeners everywhere have seen quite a few plants that were once grown only in shady conditions come out into the sunshine. Sunpatiens were my first experience with these now sun lovers.

Plants with mostly yellow peppers and some orange and red peppers perched on a bed of pine straw.
August 12, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

The late summer garden and landscape in Mississippi can be a tough place. Extreme heat and humidity result in heat index numbers that keep me, like many other gardeners, indoors enjoying the air conditioning.

But, I can take solace in knowing that, while many of my flowering summer annuals are starting to succumb to the heat, my ornamental peppers will be growing strong. What a great selection for any later summer garden!

Five red radishes with green shoots rest on a black mat.
August 5, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

One of the most fun things to do in the garden is to share stories. One of the best ones I have heard and shared is about my search for the long-lost Long Beach Red radish.

A cluster of orange flowers with red stamens.
July 29, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

While Pride of Barbados thrives in deserts and the tropics, I believe we could also appreciate its beauty in Mississippi landscapes.

Bright pink flowers in full bloom on a crape myrtle tree on a partly cloudy day.
July 23, 2019 - Filed Under: Master Gardener, Flower Gardens

There’s always a lot going on in August. School is back in session, and everyone is trying to get back on their busy schedule. In the middle of the chaos, don’t forget your garden!

Five tall, bright-green banana plants with large leaves stand prominently in a flower bed.
July 22, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I’m getting more questions about growing bananas, which means Mississippi gardeners are interested in creating a tropical feeling in our landscapes.

A bed of yellow flowers with green leaves.
July 15, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Let’s face it: We’re in the middle of the dog days of summer, and it’s not even August yet!

This is the time of year when my favorite Supertunias -- even my beloved Vista Bubblegum -- are starting to fade. 

A single, large bloom in orange, red and brown commands the center of this photo, with others of similar color in the background.
July 8, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Summer has hit us with a vengeance this year.

July 3, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

A horticulturist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service has received a national award for excellence in gardening communication.

A group of white flowers with bold, pink stripes is pictured against a garden background.
July 1, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

As my wife and I traveled around the Southeast last week visiting family and old friends, one stop was especially memorable.

Two flowers with white petals and spiky, orange centers rise on tall stems above a blurred-out green background.
June 24, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

This past week, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Washington, D.C., while I stayed in Alexandria, Virginia. I was in town because the American Horticultural Society selected me, the Southern Gardener, to receive the Great American Gardener B.Y. Morrison Communication Award.

I grew up horticulturally deficient, so being named a Great American Gardener is extremely humbling. I truly enjoy promoting plants and ways to find gardening success to Mississippi and beyond.

A combination container with pink impatiens and red and green coleus.
June 21, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture

It’s officially summer, meaning the heat is here in full force! I set my watering can by the door as a reminder to water my plants. A few years back, when I first started growing an interest in gardening, I learned the hard way that you have to water your plants regularly because of the Mississippi heat. Don’t be like young Michaela. Always water your plants! (Photo by Michaela Parker)

A thumb and fingers hold back the pink petals of a flower to reveal the spiny, orange center.
June 17, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

In my role as the Southern Gardener, I get to share many great plants all across Mississippi and beyond. Some are new and some are old reliables, but all get to be called my favorite landscape plants from time to time.

One thing is for sure: All of these plants are Southern Gardening Approved.

A pink flower in the foreground with foliage out of focus in the back.
June 10, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

The fourth and last column in our hibiscus series focuses on a woody species, Hibiscus mutabilis or confederate rose.

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