What are the very best butterfly plants for Mississippi gardens? It's a real head scratcher, because not all butterfly plants are great garden plants, and not all of our many butterflies find their way to all gardens anyway.
In recent years, gardeners everywhere have seen quite a few plants that were once grown only in shady conditions come out into the sunshine. Sunpatiens were my first experience with these now sun lovers.
We gardeners manage to put plants in all sorts of challenging situations and expect them to perform well; several sites really stand out.
The late summer garden and landscape in Mississippi can be a tough place. Extreme heat and humidity result in heat index numbers that keep me, like many other gardeners, indoors enjoying the air conditioning.
What do you think the most popular passalong garden plant might be, world-wide?
One of the most fun things to do in the garden is to share stories. One of the best ones I have heard and shared is about my search for the long-lost Long Beach Red radish.
While Pride of Barbados thrives in deserts and the tropics, I believe we could also appreciate its beauty in Mississippi landscapes.
Playing in the garden nurtures something that a lot of us have abandoned a long time ago: our inner child.
I'm getting more questions about growing bananas, which means Mississippi gardeners are interested in creating a tropical feeling in our landscapes.
Forget the snooty debates over "crape murder" pruning; it's a moot point now. We got a real problem.
I got into a smackdown with an older, more experienced gardener over who grows the tastiest tomatoes. And I got owned. Totally owned.
Whacking overgrown shrubs back hard, like changing diapers, needs doing occasionally and can be worrisome the first time. But it usually works out fine.
Summer has hit us with a vengeance this year.
At their most unpretentious, gardening, cooking and music have very simple things in common.
As my wife and I traveled around the Southeast last week visiting family and old friends, one stop was especially memorable.
A bit of grooming and care will keep flower gardens looking their best throughout the hot summer months and into fall.
Big Jim, my old rubber tree, just turned 45, and still looks great because of a unique Doctor Who ability to start over when necessary.
This past week, I've had the pleasure of visiting Washington, D.C., while I stayed in Alexandria, Virginia. I was in town because the American Horticultural Society selected me, the Southern Gardener, to receive the Great American Gardener B.Y. Morrison Communication Award.
We dig in it all the time, but have you ever thought about what gives dirt its smell -- or flavor?
In my role as the Southern Gardener, I get to share many great plants all across Mississippi and beyond. Some are new and some are old reliables, but all get to be called my favorite landscape plants from time to time.
2. Black Prairie Blues Festival to be held Friday ENTERTAINMENT