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Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 2:00am

Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist

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It seems I just can’t stop talking about Angelonia for our landscapes today on Southern Gardening.

Southern Gardening with Gary Bachman is produced by the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

Archangel purple Angelonia features some of the largest individual Angelonia flowers displayed on beautiful spikes rising above the foliage from late spring to late summer.

Like its relative the snapdragon, Archangel Angelonia spikes are big enough for cutting and enjoyed indoors.

Another variety of Angelonia that is certainly worthy of a place in our Mississippi gardens is Angelmist. This series is compact in growing with colors of white, pink, and purple. These plants are very free flowering making them exceptional choices for containers or hanging baskets and letting the stems sprawl and scramble over the container edge.

Once established, Angelonia is drought and heat tolerant. These are great attributes for that hot summer conditions in Mississippi. But remember, during extending droughty periods to apply supplemental irrigation. The effort will help to ensure a healthy plant that continues to produce a gorgeous flowering.

Angelonia will thrive when planted in full sun in fertile, well-drained landscape beds. The addition of two to three inches of good quality mulch will improve even the most compacted soil. As Angelonia will not be a good garden plant if the soil is poor and compacted with air space.

Maintaining a consistent supply of fertilizer is required for the optimal performance of flowering. Fertilize with a complete control release garden fertilizer at planting. Supplemental garden fertilizer, applied monthly, will keep your Angelonia going strong.

I am horticulturist Gary Bachman for Southern Gardening.

Southern Gardening with Gary Bachman is produced by the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

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