Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Coastal and Tropical South

February, 2011
Regional Report

Web Finds

Salt Tolerant Plants
Landscaping along our coasts can be beautiful when the plants are well-chosen for their ability to withstand seaside conditions. Some areas seem to rely on the same plant palette because they are reliable, while other places try a few different plants one year and replace them the next. Read up before you work on a design or go shopping. These two websites have very good lists that apply to most of our regions:
Salt-tolerant Plants for Florida and Salt-Tolerant Plants.

Favorite or New Plant

William Shakespeare 2000 English Rose
The latest releases from David Austin Roses are selections growing on their own roots. For those of us who care about such things, this is a big deal. It may seem counterintuitive, but own root roses have a better track record than grafted roses in gardens as far south as ours. 'William Shakespeare 2000' is an English Rose with double flowers that are bold red, aging to deep purple. It repeats bloom nicely and has strong disease resistance even in Zones 9 and 10. The big bonus with Will is its fragrance, a strong, old rose aroma to seldom found in modern roses.


Today's site banner is by EscondidoCal and is called "Water Hibiscus"