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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, May 31, 2019 - 9:00am

‘Georgia Blue’ veronica is a great edging plant for our Mississippi gardens and landscapes.

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 9:00am

You don’t have to search far to find vegetables that both taste good and look good; learn more with Gary Bachman.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 9:00am

Gary Bachman talks about the best plants to grow to attract hummingbirds to your garden.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 9:00am

For the biggest bang for your gardening buck, look for multi season shrubs that will do double, or even triple duty.

Monday, May 27, 2019 - 9:00am

Two species of elephant ears are commonly found in Mississippi landscapes; today, we are talkingabout Colocasia.

Friday, May 24, 2019 - 7:45am

Gary Bachman talks about mulch volcanoes.

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:45am

Not all insects are bad; learn more with Gary Bachman.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 7:45am

Dr. Gary Bachman talks about the vivacious vivex that blooms in the hot, humid weather of Mississippi.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 7:45am

Learn how to make gardening easy for you next year and beyond.

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 7:45am

Gary Bachman gives tips on how to have a bird friendly garden.


Yellow-Leaved Plants
May 26, 2019

Yellow-Leaved Plants

Learn about yellow foliage plants that can have a might impact in your landscape.

Herb Combo Containers
May 19, 2019

Herb Combo Containers

Now’s a great time to be growing herbs in containers.  Here are some ideas for thriller, filler and spiller combination herb containers. 

Hanging Ferns
May 12, 2019

Hanging Ferns

A really popular but old time plant is the Boston fern. And it’s no wonder with the lush and lacey bright green foliage. But did you know there are other types of ferns. Let’s take a look at some.

Spring Wake-up
May 5, 2019

Spring Wake-up

One of my favorite times is early spring when the garden and landscape is starting to wake up from their winter slumber. 

Southern Gardening Articles

Five bright orange-red petals surround a tall stamen that is dark red at the base and yellow at the tip. Dark green leaves surround the flower.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

This is week two of the "Tour de Hibiscus," featuring great choices for our Mississippi gardens and landscapes. I don't know any home gardener who can resist the colorful flowers of Cajun hibiscus plants, with equally colorful names like Hoochie Papa, Peppermint Patty and Crawfish Pie.

Nearly a dozen light-pink flowers with dark-pink centers grow in a large circular container.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

One of the plant groups I love to grow in my home landscape is the hibiscus. To that end, I'm going to dedicate the next several columns to different options of these beautiful flowering shrubs that are available for the home gardener

Dozens of small, orange, tube-shaped flowers line the upright branches of a small bush.
- Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

Last week, I had the pleasure of being the kick-starter speaker for the Mississippi Master Gardener State Conference. My wide-ranging presentation included some of my recommendations of sure-fire, must-have plants for your landscape and garden, all Mississippi Medallion plants.

Round, yellow flowers made up of tiny blooms cover a low-lying, green plant growing from brown pine straw.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Landscape and Garden Design

One group of landscape plants that is really starting to take off with its summer show is the lantana. These popular landscape plants are available in a dizzying variety of sizes and colors.

About two dozen upright flowers are in front of sea of red flowers out of focus in the background.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Over the past couple of years, I’ve found myself joining home gardeners everywhere in planting more plants to attract pollinators.

In fact, along with being a stop on the Rosalyn Carter Butterfly Trail, my home landscape is also registered with the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, which has the goal of registering 1 million pollinator gardens. If you’d like to register your garden, go to for more information.


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