Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

July, 2003
Regional Report

Web Finds

Texas Guide to Rainwater Harvesting
In the "old days," folks in some parts of the country gathered rainwater from their roofs to store in cisterns. There's nothing like rainwater for making plants happy. This Texas Guide to Rainwater Harvesting site has 66 pages loaded with info to help you build a rainwater collection system for your home, garage, or other buildings.

Favorite or New Plant

Few plants can match firebush (Hamelia patens) for heat tolerance and pest resistance. Orange/red/yellow tubular blossoms appear in clusters in early summer through fall, attracting hummingbirds and butterflies. The green foliage takes on a reddish tinge with the arrival of cooler weather in the fall. Plants are typically 3 to 4 feet tall and wide. Firebush prefers full sun but also will tolerate part shade. Firebush is a super-tough perennial in the lower south and an annual in the mid to upper south.


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