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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.

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Friday, July 20, 2018 - 2:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 2:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 2:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 2:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Friday, July 13, 2018 - 2:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 2:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 2:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 2:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist

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Vitex
July 15, 2018

Vitex


One of my favorite flowering trees is blooming right now. I don’ think a landscape can be considered complete until it has at least one Vitex growing in it. Vitex, a 2002 Mississippi Medallion winner...
Curb Appeal
July 8, 2018

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...
Yucca Plant
July 1, 2018

Yucca Plants


A plant I remember from my growing-up years in Michigan is yucca. You won’t be surprised that this plant is also right at home here in Mississippi. Yucca can give the impression of being a rough and...
Wonderful Water
June 24, 2018

Wonderful Water


One of the most relaxing sounds in the landscape is moving water. That’s why water features are so popular. Today I want to share with you one of the most outstanding water features I have seen. This...

Southern Gardening Articles

A sprinkler with a black hose nestled in light brown pine straw lightly sprays pink flowers.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

As we continue to plow through this hot and humid summer, keeping our plants -- and ourselves -- hydrated is critical to maintaining the summer garden and landscape. As I write this column, it's 96 degrees with a heat index of 108. Whew!

A yellow butterfly sits atop a green bush with pink flowers.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Like most gardeners, I love watching the various butterflies that visit my garden.

One I really like is the giant swallowtail, with its black body and vivid, yellow stripes. This creature loves my citrus, where she lays her eggs. The developing caterpillars have a unique defense mechanism; they look like bird poop on the citrus leaves.

Scaevola – Tiny purple, white and orange flowers can be seen among a mass of green leaves.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I am a committed container gardener for both flowers and vegetables, but today I’m focusing on flowering plants. I firmly believe growing in containers is a fantastic way to enjoy a beautiful landscape and garden.

Variegated burgundy and chartreuse coleus laves fill a container.​
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Since we celebrated the first day of summer last week, I think this is the perfect time to talk about one my favorite color plants, the coleus.

Coleus used to be that colorful plant that would grow only in the shadows, never exposed to the sun. One of my favorites of this kind is the sun-bashful coleus group, Kong.

 A brown clay pot contains a small bush with pink flowers.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Landscape Plants and Trees Diseases
I love crape myrtles in the landscape. They flower all summer, and their beautiful exfoliating and peeling bark exposes cinnamon-brown trunks in the winter. It's no wonder that somebody way back when called them the Flowers of the South.
 

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