Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

July, 2004
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Digital Photography Help
Do you have a new digital camera or plan to get one soon? Many gardeners have discovered these great new cameras, which can make photography easier and more affordable in the long run. Plus you can take photos of your kids, flowers, or a great tomato crop to e-mail to friends and family. The ShortCourses.com Web site offers a series of great online guides on topics including: selecting a camera that is right for you, using your digital camera, displaying and sharing digital photos, and nature photography. Check it out!

Favorite or New Plant

Salvia 'Indigo Spires'
There are many great salvias for our southern gardens. One of my favorites is the vigorous perennial called 'Indigo Spires', a cross between our native Salvia farinacea and Salvia longispicata made at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in California. Salvia 'Indigo Spires' is a bushy perennial that grows to about 3 to 4 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide. It has very showy, deep blue to indigo flowers on long spikes, and it blooms continuously from spring to frost. Butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to the beautiful blooms, but it is usually avoided by deer. Plant in sun to part shade in soil that drains well. Once established, 'Indigo Spires' requires minimal watering. This salvia makes an awesome display when planted around pink-flowered antique roses. But give it plenty of room to create a large mound of foliage and blooms.

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