Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

May, 2008
Regional Report

Web Finds

Home Lawns
This Home Lawn Web site from Mississippi Extension is a great source of information on lawn selection, planting, and care. It includes helpful information on identifying weeds and insects, and diagnosing turf diseases.

Favorite or New Plant

Mexican Sunflower
Mexican sunflower (tithonia) is an easy-to-grow annual that makes any gardener look like they have a green thumb! It grows quickly to a height of 4 to 6 feet, so place it in the back of the flower border where its orange-red, daisy-like blooms can rise about the wide, velvety foliage. A dwarf variety, 'Fiesta Del Sol', which stays at a tidier 3-foot height, is also available. Several species of butterflies absolutely love Mexican sunflower, making it a "must have" for any butterfly garden.

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