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In the garden with Felder: Some obvious, and not so obvious, ways to boost beauty

Posted 10/12/2019 in Columns

Who needs tropical hibiscus, when we have so many easier and sometimes edible relatives for our gardens?

Southern Gardening: The little-known roselle belongs in Mississippi gardens

Posted 10/12/2019 in Columns

One of my favorite flowering landscape and garden plants has to be hibiscus, but hibiscus doesn't refer to only one plant.

Southern Gardening: Gary's list of top butterfly plants

Posted 10/5/2019 in Columns

I had the opportunity this past weekend to speak at the Butterflies in the Pass Monarch Festival in Pass Christian. The monarch butterfly may be the most recognized and loved insect in the United States.

In the garden with Felder: Surrounded by brown yet?

Posted 10/5/2019 in Columns

I've always had an affinity for the color brown, which is a good thing because right now some of my normally-green garden is various hues of sepia from the heat and drought.

Southern Gardening: Matrix pansies are a dependable fall choice

Posted 9/28/2019 in Columns

Fall has officially arrived, although temperatures remain summerish. But when the calendar changes, it's time to start thinking about the cool-season annual colors to be planted and enjoyed during the winter months.

In the garden with Felder: Ancient lichen can tell you something about your garden

Posted 9/28/2019 in Columns

Some of the most unusual, ancient creatures on earth are living in your garden, happily weathering the worst weather thrown their way. Some gardeners see them as monsters, which is sorta the truth.

In the garden with Felder: A few words of advice about mulch

Posted 9/21/2019 in Columns

I can't imagine a more boring topic than mulching the garden. But I respect it, though in last week's heat it almost killed me.

Southern Gardening: Back-saving salad tables grow vegetables, flowers

Posted 9/21/2019 in Columns

Most of my Southern Gardening columns share tips about great ornamental plants that should be grown in all landscapes and gardens in Mississippi and the entire Southeast.

In the garden with Felder: Reflecting on frogs -- no, not the live kind

Posted 9/14/2019 in Columns

I have more frogs than I know what to do with, what with being able to use only one at a time.

Southern Gardening: Crape myrtle bark scale remain landscape problem

Posted 9/14/2019 in Columns

This weekend while driving in my hometown of Ocean Springs, I looked at the crape myrtles planted in the median all along Highway 90. I noticed that most of the trees had a dark cast to them, even on a bright, sunny morning.

In the garden with Felder: Keep an eye out for garden invaders

Posted 9/7/2019 in Columns

There's a scary new vine in my garden, a good contender for anyone who wants to come back in the next life as an unkillable weed.

Southern Gardening: American beautyberry shines in late summer

Posted 8/31/2019 in Columns

One of my favorite Mississippi native plants is just starting to show its true landscape value. Of course, I'm referring to our native Callicarpa americana, known commonly and affectionately as the American beautyberry.

In the garden with Felder: Sometimes 'native' plants aren't so native after all

Posted 8/31/2019 in Columns

After returning last week from my summer home in England, a walk around the 'hood unearthed a surprising realization, that what we call our classic Southern gardens are bedded with mostly beauties from afar. Floral immigrants, so to speak.

In the garden with Felder: What are the best butterfly plants for Mississippi gardens?

Posted 8/23/2019 in Columns

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.

Southern Gardening: The right caladiums can thrive in full sun

Posted 8/23/2019 in Columns

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.

In the garden with Felder: Some memorial plants can survive almost anything

Posted 8/16/2019 in Columns

We gardeners manage to put plants in all sorts of challenging situations and expect them to perform well; several sites really stand out.

Southern Gardening: Ornamental peppers have versatility and value

Posted 8/16/2019 in Columns

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.

In the garden with Felder: Daylily among most popular plants in the world

Posted 8/10/2019 in Columns

What do you think the most popular passalong garden plant might be, world-wide?

Southern Gardening: Common names complicate Long Beach Red radish search

Posted 8/10/2019 in Columns

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.

Southern Gardening: Pride of Barbados adds orange color to landscape

Posted 8/3/2019 in Columns

While Pride of Barbados thrives in deserts and the tropics, I believe we could also appreciate its beauty in Mississippi landscapes.


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