Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Coastal and Tropical South

October, 2007
Regional Report

Web Finds

Extreme Pumpkins
Internet retailer Tom Nardone has a hobby and you've got to see it to really appreciate his art. Visit his Extreme Pumpkins video on UTube to see him carving pumpkins with power tools. In the spirit of the season, be warned that these are for adults to do and enjoy. Most are appropriate for children who've visited a Haunted House, but some are a bit scary. Don't miss the flaming pumpkin. It's the best thing since the Mentos cannons!

Favorite or New Plant

Dwarf Wax Myrtle
Plant the smells of the holiday season with the aromatic, dependably evergreen dwarf wax myrtle shrub. Native across the southern coasts region, this plant forms a thicket more readily than its relative, southern wax myrtle, and is relatively smaller. Easily maintained at 5 feet tall, dwarf wax is also known as dwarf candleberry and bayberry for the delightful scent of the leaves, especially the new growth. Highly heat tolerant, salt tolerant, and not favored by deer, dwarf wax myrtle adapts to a variety of soil types and grows in sun or shade.


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