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Southern Gardening

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, November 23, 2018 - 2:15am

Beautyberry is a native shrub that will put on a fall show with clusters of bright purple berries today on Southern Gardening. 

Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 2:15am

I always enjoy the changing of the summer season to fall today on Southern Gardening.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 2:15am

Matrix pansies are a must have landscape plant for the cool winter season today on Southern Gardening.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 2:15am

A garden is a form of personal expression and what better way to say something about yourself than with garden ornaments today on Southern Gardening. 

Monday, November 19, 2018 - 2:15am

Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 2:45am

Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 2:45am

Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 2:45am

Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 2:45am

Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 9:45am

Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist


Gulf Muhly Grass
November 18, 2018

Gulf Muhly Grass

Gulf muhly grass is a native plant that’s really showy in the fall and winter months. Let’s take a look at why I love this plant. Today Southern gardening is at Truck Crops Branch Station in Crystal...
Fall Salvia
November 11, 2018

Fall Salvia

Gardeners who follow Southern Gardening know that I’m a real fan of salvia. Let’s take a look at some new introductions that I think are still looking good for the fall landscape. How can you beat...
November 4, 2018


I really like to grow this vegetable in my edible home landscape. If you don’t already know, this is okra! Southern Gardening is at Truck Crops in Crystal Springs and I’m lovin’ the okra trials. Okra...
Pansy and Viola
October 28, 2018

Pansy and Viola

The growers are getting ready for a busy fall season. So what should you plant? In my opinion… pansies and violas. Matrix pansies have quickly become one of the Southeast’s leading cool season...

Southern Gardening Articles

Blue-purple flowers on slender, upright stems stand above a mass of green foliage.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

This past weekend, I started planting cool-season color in my 25-gallon citrus containers.

I like underplanting in these containers for a couple of reasons. First, I can maintain a color pop through the year. And second, these annuals act as a colorful ground cover carpet that helps keep weeds at bay. I really do hate weeding, and even plants grown in containers need help with weed control.

A cluster of ruffled pink flowers with vivid red centers is pictured on green stems.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I love the annual color we can grow all winter in most of our Mississippi gardens and landscapes, so I'm going to spend a few weeks concentrating on cool-season color. Dianthus is my first choice for fall color.

A wooden and wire basket full of yellow and orange fruit sits indoors with a Christmas tree in the background.
- Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

The fall and winter seasons mean it’s time for colorful pansy, viola and dianthus. But the changing seasons also mean that home gardeners who grow citrus will soon harvest delicious fruit -- satsuma, kumquat, Meyer lemon, oh my!

Small, vivid purple flowers bloom from dark spikes against a green background.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Those of you who keep up with Southern Gardening know that I’m a real fan of salvias.

One reason I like them is there are so many different types to choose from. I particularly like salvia farinacea, commonly called mealy cup sage or blue sage, for its landscape performance. These are tough plants, perfect for our Mississippi landscapes.

A mass of pink grasses billows beside a stone bench in a garden with greenery all around.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

The 40th Fall Flower and Garden Fest at the Mississippi State University Truck Crops Branch Station in Crystal Springs is behind us, and I have to say that it was one of the best I’ve ever attended.


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