Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

July, 2006
Regional Report

Web Finds

Vines for the Southeast
This Vines for the Southeast site from North Carolina State University lists a multitude of annual, perennial, and woody vines for you to choose from. Each vine has its own info page with information on hardiness zone, growth habit and rate, texture, height, sun exposure, climbing method, and a description of flowers and/or fruit. Additional comments and available cultivars provide even more helpful information.

Favorite or New Plant

Shrimp Plant
Shrimp plant (Justicia brandegeana) is an easy-care, pest- and disease-free perennial for central Texas gardens. It dies back in most winters to return again in spring, forming a colony of upright stems reaching about 3 to 4 feet tall. These stems are adorned with 6-inch arching terminal spikes of red to rusty brown showy bracts that give the plant its name. Shrimp plants do well in full sun to bright shade, making them great low-maintenance options for otherwise color-challenged, bright, shady spots in the landscape.


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