Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Middle South

May, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Lexington County (SC) Master Gardener 2012 Garden Tour
The Lexington County (South Carolina) Master Gardeners will offer their 2012 garden tour, "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," on May 31 and June 2-3. This year's event features eight gardens in the towns of Lexington, Irmo, and Ballentine. Thursday and Saturday hours are from 9 am to 4 pm, while Sunday is limited from 1 to 5 pm. Tickets are $20, with proceeds funding a horticulture scholarship. Veterans and those in active service are admitted free. For more information contact Patricia Dukes at

Clever Gardening Technique

Keep Tall-Growing Perennials Upright
Tall-growing plants may need to be staked when they reach one-third of their mature height, so keep an eye on perennials that require support. Place the stake close to the plant and secure the plant stalk to the stake in at least two places. Tie the twine or other material into a figure eight to avoid binding.

Some plants can be cut back to reduce their height and encourage sturdiness. Candidates include summer-flowering phlox, swamp sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius), and balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus), and fall-flowering sedums, chrysanthemums, and asters. Cut the first group of plants back in late spring, and prune the second group in midsummer.


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