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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, January 10, 2020 - 7:00am

What gardener doesn’t want their very own greenhouse? There are some low cost and effective choices today on Southern Gardening. 

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 7:00am

You don’t have to wait for the warmer temperatures of spring to enjoy colorful dianthus today on Southern Gardening. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 7:00am

Picking up potting media at the local garden center doesn’t have to be confusing today on Southern Gardening. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 7:00am

We all love trees with three season beauty, I'll describe a garden multi tasker today on Southern Gardening. 

Monday, January 6, 2020 - 7:00am

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

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 7:00am

Gardening with bare hands can be satisfying but sometimes you just need a pair of gloves today on Southern Gardening.

Thursday, January 2, 2020 - 7:00am

Pansies are the most recognizable cool weather bedding plant and I really like the new Cool Waves today on Southern Gardening.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 7:00am

One of the easiest ways to add a tropical flair to any landscape is to use plants with large leaves today on southern Gardening.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 7:00am

Have you ever wanted a landscape plant that can wow your neighbors, we’ll take a look at giant Allium today on Southern Gardening. 

Alliums for use in the landscape are the ornamental cousins to our culinary onions. And while they are not used to dress up our sandwiches they certainly enhance the landscape. 

Monday, December 30, 2019 - 7:00am

One of my favorite heirloom plants is Confederate Rose today on Southern Gardening?


Bromeliad Care
January 12, 2020

Bromeliad Care

Bromeliads are fascinating plants but are often misunderstood as being high maintenance and needing special green thumb skills. Let me show you how easy it is to care for and enjoy these...

Crape Murder
January 5, 2020

Crape Murder

Every year at this time, a horticultural crime spree occurs, and the Horticulture CSI Unit is back in action. This time of year, we see countless cases of crape murder, and Crape myrtle is the...

Shishi Gashira
December 29, 2019

Shishi Gashira

One of the joys of our Mississippi winter landscapes are the gorgeous camellias. Growing up in the north I’ve always marveled at these evergreen shrubs blooming like this in the winter months. If...

Cool Season Combo Containers
December 22, 2019

Cool Season Combo Containers

Sometimes those gardeners who like to grow in containers don’t think there are many options in the winter. Today I’d like to share some ideas for cool season combo containers. There are actually...

Southern Gardening Articles

Different varieties of pink and white dianthus flowers.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I don’t think you can go wrong with some dianthus in your landscape in 2020.

I love the flower colors that include pink, red, lavenders, white, and bicolors. The foliage of these plants ranges from being grass-like to broader strap-like linear leaves. Plus, the foliage provides contrast with colors ranging from bright green to steely blue-gray.

There are some great selections that will do a fantastic job in our Mississippi gardens and landscapes especially in the cooler months of the year.

A multicolored orange bloom is fully open over green leaves.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Now that we’re fully into January, it’s time to get serious about planning our gardens for 2020.

I’ve made a long list of vegetable, flower and herb seeds I’ll be ordering in the next several weeks. Many of these will be strictly for one season.

A curving brick walkway lined with plants leads up to a porch.
- Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

In the gym this morning, I noticed there were many, many more people exercising than usual. It struck me that these folks were following through on their New Year’s resolutions to improve themselves for 2020 -- at least for a while.

Small planters in a row overflow with young lettuce plants.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

As we approach the end of the year 2019, I’ve been reflecting on gardens and gardening in general. I wrote several weeks ago about the changing attitudes and current perceptions that home gardeners have about their landscapes and gardens

Dozens of blue flowers bloom over green leaves.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Our Mississippi landscapes and gardens really had a tough year in 2019.


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

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