Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

December, 2003
Regional Report

Web Finds

Frost Protection Advice
The University of Arizona Extension Service has produced an excellent fact sheet on Frost Protection that is a wealth of information for gardeners across the country. It does a great job of explaining how plants respond to cold weather and the best ways to protect your plants.

Favorite or New Plant

Possumhaw Holly
Possumhaw holly (Ilex decidua) brings color to the late fall and winter landscape with yellow/orange to red berries adorning leafless stems after the foliage drops. Berries persist through the winter or until discovered by one of the many species of birds that prize them. This beautiful arching shrub is not picky about soil type, and after a little supplemental watering during the first season to help it get established, it will do remarkably well with little care. It grows in full sun to part shade. Like other hollies, possumhaw holly plants are either male or female, with only the female plants capable of producing berries.


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