Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

June, 2009
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Shrimp Plant
Shrimp (Justicia brandegeana) plant is an easy-care, pest- and disease-free perennial for southern 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 a great low-maintenance option for otherwise color-challenged bright shady spots in the landscape.

Tool or Gardening Product

Inline Drip Tubing
This product has the emitters built into the line. The emitters have a zig-zag pathway inside the line that creates turbulence that minimizes clogging and partially compensates for pressure changes down the line. Laying out an irrigation system is as simple as playing with Tinker Toys! You simply lay out the tubing through your landscape beds. Then connect the line to an outdoor faucet via a backflow preventer, screen filter, and pressure regulator, all available for nominal cost from irrigation supply sources.

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