Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

March, 2005
Regional Report

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Protecting Plants from Frost Damage
The University of Arizona Extension in Maricopa County has produced an excellent, online Frost Protection fact sheet. It's very helpful for understanding the basics of protecting your plants from frost damage. Read it and be ready for this spring's last cold snap!

Favorite or New Plant

Coral Honeysuckle
Coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) is a versatile plant with many great attributes. Less rampant than some of the other honeysuckles on the market, this native Texas vine is very suitable for a porch post or small trellis. You'll need to help it get started by tying the vines to the post or trellis as they lacks tendrils or other means of attachment. It's tolerant of a fairly wide variety of soils and will grow in sun or a bright shade.

Coral honeysuckle may be sheared periodically into a mounding shrub form. It puts on its best show in early spring but will continue to bloom sporadically until late fall. The long, tubular blooms attract hummingbirds and butterflies, and birds prize the red fruits that follow. The common form sports beautiful clusters of coral/orange/red blooms, but a yellow form is also available.


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