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Southern Gardening offers weekly gardening tips for Mississippi growers interested in lawn, garden, flowers, and all types of horticulture. The show features Dr. Eddie Smith, a gardening specialist and Pearl River County coordinator with the Mississippi State University Extension Service.


Perennial Hardy Hibiscus, November 2023

Perennial Hardy Hibiscus

November 23, 2023

Perennial hardy hibiscus is one of those must have plants that we can count on to brighten up our gardens and landscapes. Today we’re in Crystal Springs Mississippi looking at some gorgeous hardy hibiscus plants.

Caryopteris, November 2023


November 16, 2023

Today Southern Gardening is back at the Trucks Crops Branch Experiment Station in Crystal Springs. Let’s take a look at a couple of gorgeous fall blooming Caryopteris landscape plants.

Plants with Purple, November 2023

Plants with Purple

November 9, 2023

Today Southern Gardening is in the trial gardens at the Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station in Crystal Springs, MS admiring some beautiful plants with purple color. Plants with purple color have some of the most beautiful and unique flowers in the world.

Lucious Lantanas, November 2023

Luscious Lantanas

November 2, 2023

Today Southern Gardening is at Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station in Crystal Springs, MS checking out some Luscious lantanas.

Ornamental Peppers, October 2023

Ornamental Peppers

October 26, 2023

Today I’m in the trial garden at the MSU South Mississippi Branch Station in Poplarville looking at great examples of ornamental peppers.

Southern Gardening Articles

A huge, pink flower has a dark center.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Reflecting back on Thanksgiving, I feel thankful for the opportunity to grow plants that share their large, beautiful flowers with me. I think plants with big flowers have a bold presence that adds interest and value to any landscape. While they may have a shorter flowering period compared to those with small flowers, do not underestimate the impact they can have.

Tiny purple flowers bloom on golden foliage.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

During a recent visit to the Mississippi State University Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station in Crystal Springs, I stumbled upon two striking plants that were in full bloom and showing out. While admiring their beauty, I noticed that bees were equally drawn to these plants. What caught my eye was the Caryopteris plants.

Five purple flowers bloom in a cluster.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Fall is a great time to start planning for the upcoming spring season. If you’re thinking about making some changes to your landscape, have you considered bringing in a new color? Purple is a regal, attention-grabbing color that can add a touch of sophistication and elegance to your garden or landscape.

Flowers made up of tiny blooms are red, orange, yellow and pink.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

A dreary November landscape can get a gardener dreaming of spring, and if you’re like me, you’re already thinking about plants that will add a splash of color to the landscape next year.

An Ideal cos romaine lettuce plant has green leaves.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I love cool-season gardening. It’s a fantastic way to keep enjoying fresh and healthy produce even as the temperatures begin to drop, and days get shorter. The cooler months are perfect for growing several crops such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, kale, lettuce and spinach.

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