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2018 Mississippi Medallion Winners

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April 8, 2018
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 foundation plantings. It thrives in full sun or part shade, tolerates drought, heat, and wet soil; and has excellent disease and insect resistance. It remains dark, glossy green throughout all four seasons; it produces small red flowers along its stem in late winter. Lemongrass is an herb packed with strong citrus flavor, and fantastic for the edible landscape. It’s perfectly happy and productive planted as an annual or in containers. The edible portion of lemongrass is near the base of the stalk. The tender base is sliced, bruised or pounded into a paste and is often used in Asian cuisine and herbal teas. Is there a better plant than Lemon Sedum? The lemon sedums as a group have small, chartreuse, needle-like foliage, which brightens up a landscape. It is low-growing at only a few inches tall, so it works very well in landscape beds. Each plant has a spreading habit and is really nice sprawling out a container. In the cool season you can’t beat ornamental kale for a vibrant display. The foliage exhibits dazzling colors ranging from snowy white to red, pinks and purples with ruffled, textured leaves and feathered leaf edges. These are plants that will make your garden landscape a winner all year. I’m horticulturist Gary Bachman and I’ll see you next time on Southern Gardening.

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