Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Coastal and Tropical South

February, 2007
Regional Report


Florida's Native Plants
It takes more than 380 pages to cover the subject of Florida native plants in Native Florida Plants: Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening, by Robert Haehle and Joan Brookwell (Taylor Trade Publishing, 2004; $29.95). Gardening with native plants enables you to work more closely with nature as you enhance habitat with these beautiful and often quite interesting plants.

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T-8 Fluorescent Bulbs
Finally, those of us who grow indoors under lights have an energy-efficient, full-spectrum light. Whether you're starting seedlings seasonally or growing African violets year-round, you'll like these bulbs. They are reputed to last 4000 hours longer than standard fluorescent bulbs, yet they use 20 percent less energy. The technology is available in replacement fixtures as well as complete indoor garden kits. Available from Gardener's Supply (


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