Autumn's chill reminds me it's time to start doing what I swore as a kid I wouldn't as a grownup -- hauling potted plants indoors for the winter.
We have finally gotten some cool, fall weather, and it's time to start planting our cool-season color, but sometimes we need to enjoy the summer color that's getting its second wind.
Who needs tropical hibiscus, when we have so many easier and sometimes edible relatives for our gardens?
One of my favorite flowering landscape and garden plants has to be hibiscus, but hibiscus doesn't refer to only one plant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have more frogs than I know what to do with, what with being able to use only one at a time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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