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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.

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Friday, August 25, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Monday, August 21, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Friday, August 18, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Monday, August 14, 2017 - 1:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist

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Decorative Ponds
August 13, 2017

Decorative Ponds


A backyard pond is one of the most rewarding features in any landscape setting. I’m visiting with Terri and Jeff who built these ponds and certainly enjoy the fruits of their labor. All around the...
Summer Long Container Color
August 6, 2017

Summer Long Container Color


In the heat of the summer season one my favorite gardening activities is creating colorful combination containers that would look great on any patio. Today Southern Gardening is visiting the back...
Colossal Caladiums
July 30, 2017

Colossal Caladiums


Sometimes even when the temperatures certainly feel broiling I come across a really cool garden. C’mon let’s go check out this shady hillside landscape. The first thing I’m sure you notice are the...
Southern Magnolias
July 23, 2017

Southern Magnolias


Mississippi is called the Magnolia State and what better tree to represent the state……. the Southern Magnolia. Southern Gardening has highlighted the early spring deciduous magnolias displaying...

Southern Gardening Articles

Tropical hibiscus, such as this Cajun Creole Lady (top left), require consistent moisture. Although Cajun Peppermint Patty (top right) flowers bloom for just one day, the plants produce flowers from spring until fall. Tropical hibiscus, such as this Cajun Dixieland Delight (bottom left), produce flowers with spectacular colors and combinations. The dark green and glossy foliage of tropical hibiscus such as this Cajun Rum Runner (bottom right) provides a nice background for the colorful blooms.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Lately I've been singing the praises of having hardy hibiscuses in your landscape. Who can resist the colorful flowers that are literally the size of a dinner plate?

But the tropical hibiscus deserves at least equal praise. Today, I want to tell you about the Cajun hibiscus series, because these plants produce some of the most beautiful, complex and mesmerizing color combinations. These flowers also can be huge, with some exceeding 9 inches in diameter.

Meyer lemons, a cross between a lemon and an orange, are thin-skinned and sweet. They can be grown in Mississippi landscapes. (Photo by MSU Extension/Gary Bachman)
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Although we’re in the middle of a blazing hot summer, I find my gardening thoughts wandering to the coming fall season. You may think you know why I'm looking forward to the cooler weather, but the main reason is that the citrus in my home grove will start to ripen.

While August is too early to think about harvesting fruit, it is time to start thinking about planting your own citrus. You can plant citrus in the ground or, my preferred method, in containers.

The combination of flower and foliage colors on Summerific Perfect Storm (left) is as dramatic as a summer thunderstorm. Although a compact-growing selection, the huge flowers can exceed 9 inches in diameter. The star of my late-summer garden is Summerific Cherry Cheesecake (right), which blooms for a month with 7- to 8-inch-diameter flowers. (Photo by MSU Extension/Gary Bachman)
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I think hardy hibiscus is one of those must-have summer plants that we can count on to brighten our gardens and landscapes after a long, hot summer. But these plants are a well-kept secret to many gardeners.

Hardy hibiscus is very different from tropical hibiscus.

Hardy hibiscus is winter-hardy, and the foliage is not as glossy as the tropical varieties. But a trait the two varieties share is their bright, beautiful, gaudy flowers. These enormous flowers add value to our late-summer landscapes.

Purslane such as this Mojave Mixed selection thrive in patio containers and hanging baskets that take advantage of its spreading and trailing growth characteristics. (Photo by MSU Extension/Gary Bachman)
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Purslane has long been regarded as a garden weed, and it's no wonder: A single plant can produce more than 50,000 seeds. I've seen purslane growing in coarse gravel and cracks in concrete. If the area is moist, you can find purslane, and I have removed many as weeds.

But I’m having a change of heart. Purslane is one of the older plants I'm interested in adding back to my coastal Mississippi landscape and garden. It's a succulent that thrives in high summer temperatures, and that makes it a perfect flowering annual for our hot and humid summers.

Gardeners sometimes use heavy pruning to control crape myrtle size and shape, but these goals are better achieved by choosing the right plant to fit the space. This Bourbon Street Dwarf Crape Myrtle is an excellent choice for a small area. (Photo by MSU Extension/Gary Bachman)
- Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape and Garden Design

There is one plant that absolutely is the flower of the South: the crape myrtle. Who can resist the colorful flower clusters on display from early summer through late fall?

The spectacular flowers are actually large panicles, or branching clusters composed of many small flowers. These panicles can be more than 8 inches long, and colors range from white, to shades of pink and purple, to rich reds. There are even bicolor flowers like my favorite Pink Peppermint.

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