Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

March, 2007
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Nierembergia 'Starry Eyes'
'Starry Eyes' is a beautiful Nierembergia that seems especially well adapted to southern gardens from the Atlantic seaboard to the southwestern parts of Texas. It forms a mounding plant 18 inches tall and 24 inches wide with light airy foliage. In spring 1-inch light lavender blooms with darker lavender centers cover the plant and repeat on into summer. Provide lots of sunlight and well-drained soil.

Clever Gardening Technique

Garden Hose Bed Design
Use garden hoses to lay out the border of future landscape beds before you decide on the shape, size, and location. This makes it easy to picture the end result and to tweak curves and location to best suit your aesthetic preferences. Once the lines are right, paint a strip on the soil or turf where the hoses were, or use wire surveyor flags to mark the spot.

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