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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, November 22, 2019 - 7:00am

Gary Bachman gives tips for how to place garden furniture.

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 7:00am

Pansies are easy plants providing  great color during the winter, but the story on pansies doesn’t stop there; hear Gary Bachman talk about the new Cool Wave series of trailing pansies.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 7:00am

Matrix pansies are a must have landscape plant for the cool winter season.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 7:00am

There are always tips home owners can use to make the garden a little easier to care for.

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 7:00am

Concerned homeowners wonder if this moldy looking gray-green stuff is going to kill their plants. The cause for the concern 99 times out of a 100 is an organism called lichen.

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 7:00am

One plant we should grow more of is the easy to care for dahlia.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 7:00am

Small dahlias are a great choice for containers on the porch or patio.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 7:00am

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

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 7:00am

One way to make your landscape look hot is to plant ornamental peppers.

Monday, November 11, 2019 - 7:00am

Tuberous begonias are showy stars in shady spots.


November 11, 2019


If there’s one plant that just screams tropical it has to be Colocasia, more commonly known as elephant ears. Southern Gardening is at Truck Crops Branch Station checking out some new and...

Sonata Cosmos
November 3, 2019

Sonata Cosmos

If you’re looking for a colorful annual that will thrive in our hot and dry Mississippi summer, then bright and cheery cosmos certainly deserve a serious look.  The flowers of Sonata cosmos...

Natchez: Monmouth Plantation
October 27, 2019

Natchez: Monmouth Plantation

A visit to Natchez has to include a visit to one of the grand mansions. Today Southern Gardening is touring the grounds of Monmouth Historic Inn. Entering the grounds you first encounter the...

Natchez: Greenlea B&B
October 20, 2019

Natchez: Greenlea Bed & Breakfast

Southern Gardening always enjoys coming to Natchez, MS with its architectural history and wonderful gardens. Today we’re back at Greenlea Bed and Breakfast taking a look at the fall color garden...

Southern Gardening Articles

A close-up photo of a green cucumber growing on a vine with another visible in the background.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

This past weekend, I had the privilege and pleasure of being an invited speaker at the Gardening for Life Symposium hosted by Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, South Carolina. I was a member of a diverse group of speakers from across the country.

A single, delicate yellow bloom is centered in a frame filled with other yellow blooms and green foliage.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Earlier this year, we were enjoying a cool and wet spring, and then one day, WHAM! We were thrown into a full-blown hot and dry summer that seemed never-ending.

Several spidery, red blooms rise on slender stems above a grassy background.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I love the autumn season because we’re starting to recover from Mississippi’s hot and humid summer with cooler weather. Not only do gardeners appreciate the season change, but so do many of our landscape plants.

Flowery grasses glow pink as they are backlit by the sun.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

If there is a showier plant in the fall than our Mississippi native Gulf muhly grass, I don’t know what it is. Since it is a native, it was not bred for any particular characteristic but struts its stuff naturally.

More than a dozen purple blooms stand above feathery green foliage.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

We have finally gotten some cool, fall weather, and it’s time to start planting our cool-season color, but sometimes we need to enjoy the summer color that’s getting its second wind.


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

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Senior Extension Associate
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Senior Extension Associate

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