Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

May, 2009
Regional Report

Web Finds

Tomato Recipes
This Tomato Recipes Web site provides a great assortment of tomato recipes for making good use of the bountiful harvest of tomatoes that you are sure to have this year! These are tried and true recipees from southern gardeners from Texas to Tennessee!

Favorite or New Plant

Cigar Flower
Need a plant that will blaze right through a southern summer like a Fourth of July firecracker? The fiery bright, reddish orange 1-inch tubular blooms of cigar flower (Cuphea ignea) are a magnet for hummingbirds and several types of butterflies. Give it lots of sun and moderate soil moisture for best results. It will usually return from the ground in zones 8 and 9 if mulched well to protect the base and roots over the winter season. The cultivar 'David Verity' is preferred by many gardeners for its dense habit and prolific blooms on 2- to 3-foot plants.


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