There is a one-word answer to some of the most plaintive requests I get for help with garden pests: Fence.
The fourth and last column in our hibiscus series focuses on a woody species, Hibiscus mutabilis or confederate rose.
What motivates you to garden? Unconsciously, everything we do out there involves "why" and reveals a bit of our philosophy.
Week three of the Southern Gardening tour of hibiscus brings the spotlight on the hardy hibiscus.
Pardon the pun, but I'm jaded with unusual plants.
This is week two of the "Tour de Hibiscus," featuring great choices for our Mississippi gardens and landscapes.
There's an easy way to get around the garden-gobbling size and leaf debris to better enjoy our official state tree: Up against a wall.
One of the plant groups I love to grow in my home landscape is the hibiscus. To that end, I'm going to dedicate the next several columns to different options of these beautiful flowering shrubs that are available for the home gardener.
Pine straw or bark mulch? Not an exciting topic, but to hands-on gardeners and plants it can make a difference.
Last week, I had the pleasure of being the kick-starter speaker for the Mississippi Master Gardener State Conference.
One group of landscape plants that is really starting to take off with its summer show is the lantana. These popular landscape plants are available in a dizzying variety of sizes and colors.
I'm setting up an epic battle in my garden between a small reptile and its normally-meek but now Frankensteinian prey.
A few nights ago, Zack and I had to sit down with a planner to figure out how we were going to juggle an evening consisting of an open house at one child's school, course selection night at another child's school, a softball game, and a food delivery.
I often wonder about those folks who toil in their gardens alone with just their plants and thoughts. Such non-joiners, scattered worldwide, just a few in every community, love gardening more than they do hobnobbing with other people.
Over the past couple of years, I've found myself joining home gardeners everywhere in planting more plants to attract pollinators.
It has been brought to my attention, in a well-meaning manner by a writer, that I am apparently not very big on vegetables because I don't write very much about them.
Last week, I really enjoyed sharing the story of the Peggy Martin rose and showing off this marvelous rose growing in my home landscape. I think Southern Gardening Nation liked the Peggy Martin story, as well, based on the positive response from the various social media outlets.
Got fire ants and slugs? I have found ways to handle them both, with a little attitude adjustment.
This weekend I finally had a chance to sit back, take a breath and reflect a little. I've been on my annual spring horticulture marathon, and this year was the most hectic yet.
I just started my summer garden by tucking some basil into what is literally the fastest garden on earth.