Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

April, 2004
Regional Report

Web Finds

Managing Turf
If you want a wealth of great turf grass information for the south, this Turfgrass Management and Use Web site from Texas A & M is a compilation from long-time turf specialist, Dr. Richard Duble. It contains information on turf culture, varieties, diseases, along with a helpful Q & A section, too.

Favorite or New Plant

Narrow-Leaf Zinnia
Few annual plants provide dependable summer color like narrow-leaf zinnia (Zinnia angustifolia). This heat-tolerant cousin of the standard garden zinnia is virtually pest and disease free and produces a profusion of 1-inch blooms in orange, white, yellow, or gold. They make excellent color border plants in a sunny to partially sunny location, and they are equally suited to a mixed container planting with their nonstop blooms cascading over the sides of the planter. Mass them for an 8- to 12-inch-tall annual ground cover that will steal the show all summer.


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