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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, May 4, 2018 - 7:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 7:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 7:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Monday, April 30, 2018 - 7:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 2:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 2:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 7:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 2:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 2:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Monday, April 23, 2018 - 2:00am
Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist

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Salvia
April 22, 2018

Salvia


If you like beautiful and reliable flowering plants in your summer garden take a look at salvia. There are annual and perennial varieties to choose from, so you can’t’ go wrong with salvia in your...
Colorful Calibrachoa
April 15, 2018

Colorful Calibrachoa


There’s a plant that always delights wherever it’s grown. But I’m always surprised that more home gardeners don’t grow it. So if you only buy one flowering plant this year, make it calibrachoa...
2018 Mississippi Medallion Winners
April 8, 2018

2018 Mississippi Medallion Winners


This always one of my favorite times of the year when the Mississippi Medallion Winners are announced. Let’s take a look at them. ‘Vintage Jade’ Distylium is a great evergreen alternative for...
Fancy Petunias
April 1, 2018

Fancy Petunias


Believe it or not, spring is finally here. I want to share some ideas for bright color annuals that will be sure to dazzle in your landscape this year. Today Southern Gardening is at Pine Hills...

Southern Gardening Articles

Long, red radishes rise above the soil beneath leafy green tops.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

When I have visitors to my garden, I like to tell plant stories. It seems that almost everything I grow has a story associated with it. The stories behind the plants make them more interesting.

One of my favorite stories is about my White Profusion butterfly bush that I originally propagated in class in 1989. Another story is about my variegated Duet beautyberry, a mutation I found in 2000. I also grow a lot of heirloom vegetables, and the stories surrounding many of these varieties are interesting.

Spikes covered with small purple flowers extend from a green bush.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

One of my true favorites for the early summer season is coming soon to our Mississippi landscapes. Starting mid-May through June, this plant will have some of the few, almost true-blue flowers in the plant world. So what is this plant?

The common name is chaste tree or vitex, and it was named a Mississippi Medallion winner in 2002. The bloom period begins around Memorial Day on the Gulf Coast and soon afterwards in north Mississippi. The main flowering period lasts up to six weeks.

Several deep blue flowers line the upright stem of a plant.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I'm becoming a fan of salvias for their performance in the landscape.

This group of plants has such a wide variety of selections available from annuals to perennials that I'm sure you can find the perfect plant for your garden. Today, I want to tell you about the salvias I'm growing in my own home landscape.

Rockin' Playin' the Blues salvia is a selection I grew as a trial last year, and it didn't disappoint. The plant produced beautiful blue flowers all summer long.

A white and pink honeysuckle flower floats in the foreground with green foliage in the back.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

There’s no doubt that spring is here when the Southern indica azaleas start to put on their show.

These showy -- some may even say gaudy -- flowering shrubs seem to just take over our southern landscapes before fading back into an evergreen supporting role for the rest of the year.

But this column is not about the beautiful Southern indica azaleas, which, by the way, are from Asia. This column is about a couple of azaleas native to Mississippi and other southeastern states -- the deciduous azaleas.

Clusters of bright red flowers are seen on a background of green leaves.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Landscape Design and Management

I took a look at my landscape this weekend trying to decide how many plants, if any, I’m going to have to renovate or replace after our hard winter. I have to say I was really impressed at the regrowth so far this spring.

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