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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.

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Friday, July 28, 2017 - 5:15pm
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 5:15pm
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 5:15pm
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 5:15pm
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Monday, July 24, 2017 - 5:30pm
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Friday, July 21, 2017 - 9:15am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 9:15am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 9:15am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 9:15am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Monday, July 17, 2017 - 9:15am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist

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Curb Appeal
July 16, 2017

Curb Appeal


I’ve always liked the look of white picket fences in the yard. Let’s take a look how my friend Barbara has used her picket fence to show off her front garden. It’s pretty easy see how fantastic the...
The Garden Patch
July 9, 2017

The Garden Patch


Over the past several years we’ve visited Southern Gardening producer Tim Allison’s mailbox gardening project. I think you’ll be as impressed as I am. Southern Gardening has documented this mailbox...
Daylilies
July 2, 2017

Daylilies


You have to admit that daylilies are one of the most popular flowering perennial plants. They’re versatile, adaptable and require just a little care. Today Southern Gardening is visiting the new...
Deadheading
June 25, 2017

Deadheading


To borrow a phrase, “I’m all about easy” when comes to maintaining the landscape, especially in the summer season. But this time of year there is one garden chore that helps to keep many flowering...

Southern Gardening Articles

Gardeners sometimes use heavy pruning to control crape myrtle size and shape, but these goals are better achieved by choosing the right plant to fit the space. This Bourbon Street Dwarf Crape Myrtle is an excellent choice for a small area. (Photo by MSU Extension/Gary Bachman)
- Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape and Garden Design

There is one plant that absolutely is the flower of the South: the crape myrtle. Who can resist the colorful flower clusters on display from early summer through late fall?

The spectacular flowers are actually large panicles, or branching clusters composed of many small flowers. These panicles can be more than 8 inches long, and colors range from white, to shades of pink and purple, to rich reds. There are even bicolor flowers like my favorite Pink Peppermint.

The Black and Bloom salvia is one of the first summer perennials to start blooming. This tough plant survives and thrives in hot summers. (Photo by MSU Extension/Gary Bachman)
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Home gardeners in Mississippi need colorful plants that hold up to the hot conditions we have every year. One group of plants that is a great choice for summer color is salvia, which includes both perennial and annual top performers.

The annual Salvia Splendens, as the name suggests, can't be beat. It is commonly called scarlet salvia, but it comes in a variety of bright colors.

Moss rose is a great summer selection with blooms that resemble tiny roses and succulent foliage that withstands the heat. (Photo by MSU Extension/Gary Bachman)
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I really like to the flowering annual purslane in our hot summer landscapes. It's a vigorous, low-growing plant that forms a colorful carpet with succulent foliage.

But I plan to write about that wonderful plant in the future. Today, I want to extoll the virtues of one of its cousins: moss rose.

Moss rose has fleshy, succulent foliage that helps it hold up to the summer heat. The 1-inch-long, cylindrical foliage is bright green and arranged in clusters on the stems.

The Kong coleus has massive foliage and thrives in shady areas of the landscape. (Photo by MSU Extension/Gary Bachman)
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

With summer officially here and hot and humid weather firmly in place, many gardeners -- myself included -- like to look at a pretty landscape, but don't really want to get out and do much work in that same landscape.

So selecting plants that look good without much work pique my interest. One plant that doesn't disappoint me is Sun coleus.

New Guinea impatiens are strictly shade-loving plants that can complement their sun-loving cousins, the SunPatiens. (Photo by MSU Extension/Gary Bachman)
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Summer officially begins this week, and there are so many great plants we can grow during this season. But I really miss one that we can't grow in the summer: annual impatiens.

I always have impatiens in my late-winter and early-spring landscape. I've tried to oversummer some -- in the same manner as we overwinter plants -- in the shady areas of my garden, but this experiment is always met with bitter disappointment.

But all is not lost because I can grow SunPatiens, one of my favorite summer-flowering plants.

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