Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

March, 2014
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Celebrate Spring! at Calloway Gardens
Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia, is a truly magnificent botanical garden. Visit the Day Butterfly Center, Sibley Horticultural Center, Azalea Bowl, Overlook Garden, and lots more. Spring is a splendid time to visit with the azaleas in bloom and activities abounding during their Celebrate Spring! themed weekend events: Flight in the Gardens (March 22-23); Gardening in the Gardens (March 29-30); Flavors of the Gardens (April 5-6); Colors of the Gardens (April 12-13); and Renewal in the Gardens (April 19-20). For more information, visit

Favorite or New Plant

Purple Fountain Grass
Ornamental grasses provide a fine texture to the landscape. Purple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum cv. 'Rubrum') is an outstanding ornamental grass that is a tender perennial in much of the lower south. Its foliage is a deep reddish burgundy color, reaching to a height of about 3 feet. Burgundy foxtail-like seed heads adorn the plants from late summer through autumn. This plant is a show stopper in the landscape and makes an excellent specimen plant. Give it full sun and moderate moisture for best color and vigor.


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