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  • Purple Southern Indica azaleas against a green leaf background.
  • Beedance painted red bidens, each with 5 yellow petals with red tips.
  • Pansy Matrix Lavendar Shades waiting to be transplanted into the landscape.
  • Pink Enchantment rose against green background.
  • Southern Gardening host Dr. Gary Bachman in greenhouse with scarecrow.
  • Filming salad tables filled with home grown lettuces.
  • Pink flowers on a green vine growing on a wooden fence.

Southern Gardening Television is a weekly, 1 1/2 minute television segment designed to air within Mississippi television newscasts. Segments are designed for persons interested in lawn and garden care. The show features Extension Horticulturist Gary Bachman and is produced by video producer Tim Allison.

Southern Gardening Radio is also found here.


Friday, June 12, 2020 - 6:00am

Different types of hydrangeas are useful in almost any landscape. Now let's focus on successful hydrangea care today on Southern Gardening

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 6:00am

Hydrangeas as a group of flowering shrubs are great in an old timey, as well as modern landscape, today on Southern Gardening.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 6:00am

One of the plants I remember from my youth is Cleome with their spidery flowers today on Southern Gardening.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 6:00am

Virginia sweetspire is versatile, beautiful, and low-maintenance today on Southern Gardening.

Monday, June 8, 2020 - 6:00am

There will come a time when every gardener will say, "Now, what is that plant?" Today on Southern Garden.

Friday, June 5, 2020 - 6:00am

Now is the time to start thinking about how to make the garden a lot easier next year and beyond, today on Southern Garden.

Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 6:00am

Laura Pendulum with its choice of selections is a great landscape plant for our gardens today on Southern Gardening.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 6:00am

With spring upon us, here are some tips for the impatient gardener today on Southern Gardening.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 6:00am

If you have a small yard or patio, try gardening in containers. Today on Southern Gardening

Monday, June 1, 2020 - 6:00am

A garden that produces fresh homegrown vegetables is a goal for most busy homeowners today on Southern Gardening.


What Rules?
May 24, 2020

What Rules?

I’m asked all the time about landscape design, as if there are rules to follow. Pfffft……That’s exactly why I like to visit my friend Jane’s garden. Now don’t get me wrong Jane is serious about her landscape.

Small Flowers
May 17, 2020

Small Flowers

Flowers don’t have to be big to make an impact in your landscape. Let’s take a look at a few plants that have small flowers but have a mighty garden presence. Every landscape needs Superbells, these are like regular calibrachoa only on steroids. 

Combination Containers
May 10, 2020

Combination Containers

I don’t think there is anything more inviting or beautiful than a large and colorful combination container prominently displayed on the patio. These elaborate containers seem like they would be hard for the home gardener to make, but not if you remember the following ingredients: Thriller, filler and spiller. 

Mississippi Hibiscus
May 3, 2020

Mississippi Hibiscus

One of my favorite landscape shrubs is hibiscus. There are four types of these flowering shrubs we grow in our Mississippi Landscapes. Hardy hibiscus selections are winter hardy, having been bred from the native hibiscus of the Gulf coast. 

Southern Gardening Articles

Dozens of white and purple flower stalks rise from a stand of green plants in a cement planter.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Many of the garden center stars that draw the most attention are plants with big, flashy flowers. But there’s a group of plants that can have just as much landscape value: plants with tiny flowers.

Trumpet-shaped orange flowers bloom on vines next to pink buds.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

One of the landscape views many gardeners ignore is the horizontal plane. Plants that create mats or carpets create a lot of interest and serve an important role in landscapes and gardens.

Let’s look at a few of my colorful carpet favorites.

Orange blooms cover the top of a green plant.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I’m becoming increasingly optimistic about our 2020 Mississippi summer gardens and landscapes. COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind, but an upside to the virus is that more homeowners are gardening than ever before. If you’re looking for summer color that will grow through the summer and beyond, then Profusion zinnia is the plant for you.

Individual purple flowers rise above the greenery placed on an open-grid surface.
- Filed Under: Coronavirus, Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

May 4 marks a milestone for me and my wife as the last Star Wars movie, “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker,” is being released straight to digital, thanks to COVID-19.

Red and white flowers with purple centers cover a plant growing from a wooden barrel.
- Filed Under: Coronavirus, Flower Gardens

I’m sure Southern Gardening Nation knows that Supertunias, especially Vista Bubblegum, are among my favorite summer color because they are reliable performers in my coastal Mississippi garden and landscape.

But there’s another great group of petunias that I haven’t written much about, primarily because I haven’t been growing them lately. That group is the family of Wave petunias.


Portrait of Dr. Gary R. Bachman
Extension/Research Professor

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Portrait of Mr. Tim Allison
Senior Extension Associate
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Senior Extension Associate

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