Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

March, 2005
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Spring Celebration at Callaway Gardens
Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia, is a truly magnificent botanical garden. See the vegetable garden where the Victory Garden is filmed. 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 spring celebration. Check out their Web site for daily activities and plan an inspiring getaway to Callaway. For info, 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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