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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.

In the garden with Felder: Rediscover the inner child

Posted 8/3/2019 in Columns

Playing in the garden nurtures something that a lot of us have abandoned a long time ago: our inner child.

Southern Gardening: Banana plants add color, tropical flair to landscape

Posted 7/27/2019 in Columns

I'm getting more questions about growing bananas, which means Mississippi gardeners are interested in creating a tropical feeling in our landscapes.

In the garden with Felder: Crape myrtles face a tough invader

Posted 7/27/2019 in Columns

Forget the snooty debates over "crape murder" pruning; it's a moot point now. We got a real problem.

In the garden with Felder: Talking the (tomato) talk

Posted 7/20/2019 in Columns

I got into a smackdown with an older, more experienced gardener over who grows the tastiest tomatoes. And I got owned. Totally owned.

In the garden with Felder: Sometimes hard pruning is the way to go

Posted 7/13/2019 in Columns

Whacking overgrown shrubs back hard, like changing diapers, needs doing occasionally and can be worrisome the first time. But it usually works out fine.

Southern Gardening: Heat-loving Rudbeckia offer big summer blooms

Posted 7/13/2019 in Columns

Summer has hit us with a vengeance this year.

In the garden with Felder: Herbs for the kitchen? Simple does it

Posted 7/6/2019 in Columns

At their most unpretentious, gardening, cooking and music have very simple things in common.

Southern Gardening: Old Southern classic crinum lilies remain a good selection

Posted 7/6/2019 in Columns

As my wife and I traveled around the Southeast last week visiting family and old friends, one stop was especially memorable.

Keep gardens looking their best all summer long

Posted 6/29/2019 in Columns

A bit of grooming and care will keep flower gardens looking their best throughout the hot summer months and into fall.

In the garden with Felder: Yes, plants can thrive indoors

Posted 6/29/2019 in Columns

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.

Southern Gardening: Minor Echinacea species make big garden impacts

Posted 6/29/2019 in Columns

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.

In the garden with Felder: Here's the dirt on soil

Posted 6/22/2019 in Columns

We dig in it all the time, but have you ever thought about what gives dirt its smell -- or flavor?

Southern Gardening: Beautiful and easy-to-grow coneflowers make them a hit

Posted 6/22/2019 in Columns

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.

In the garden with Felder: Sometimes a physical barrier is the bottom line

Posted 6/15/2019 in Columns

There is a one-word answer to some of the most plaintive requests I get for help with garden pests: Fence.

Southern Gardening: Color-changing hibiscus blooms are worth the wait

Posted 6/15/2019 in Columns

The fourth and last column in our hibiscus series focuses on a woody species, Hibiscus mutabilis or confederate rose.

 

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