Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

August, 2010
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Confederate Rose (Hibiscus mutabilis)
This southern heirloom is a perennial shrub in the lower south, reaching 6 to 8 feet tall but growing much larger in areas where it does not freeze. In summer through fall double flowers 4 to 6 inches in diameter appear that open white to pink in the morning and darken to crimson by the evening.

Tool or Gardening Product

Garden Faucet Timer
Have you ever turned on a lawn sprinkler in the evening and woke up the next morning to find the neighborhood kids playing in the curbside river you provided? With a simple garden faucet timer you can set how long the water will run. Go back indoors to that TV show or book and don't worry about forgetting to turn off the water!

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