Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Coastal and Tropical South

July, 2005
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

'Luna' Hibiscus
So, do we really need another hibiscus? After all, our regions are rife with these bodacious beauties, both annual and perennial. But 'Luna' hibiscus has huge flowers on not-so-huge plants -- neat enough for the smallest garden. Even in containers, it overwinters in the northernmost part of our region. In the southern limits of our region, it stops blooming in the garden long enough to put on new leaves, but that's about it.

Clever Gardening Technique

Time To Add More Organic Matter
July separates the good from the not-so-good in gardens, and often the difference is organic matter. If your garden beds are dusty or crusted and need water every day just to survive, organic matter may be the answer. This is especially true if you use only synthetic fertilizers. Ring each plant, tree, or shrub with an inch of compost, then scratch it into the soil and water well. Or use a fish emulsion drench for similar effects.

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