Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

February, 2004
Regional Report

Web Finds

Guide to Beneficial Insects
I put together this Grow Green quick reference to some of the more common beneficial insects in our southern gardens. The PDF file can be printed out for a handy reference. Post one in your garden shed as a version of the FBI's (Friends of Beneficial Insects) Most Wanted List!

Favorite or New Plant

Bulbine (Bulbine frutescens) is a cousin of aloes and haworthias. It forms a tight clump of narrow, succulent leaves. Blooms appear from late winter through fall, arising a foot or more above the foliage on long, narrow stalks. The most common form sports orange and yellow blooms, but a pure yellow form is also available. Bulbine does best in well-drained soil in full sun or morning sun. It is virtually pest and disease free and with moderate watering will stay healthy and bloom well.