Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Middle South

August, 2000
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Butterfly Exhibit
Butterfly activity abounds in gardens everywhere this time of year, but at the Huntsville, Alabama Botanical Garden, you can actually rub shoulders with them. Over 30 native species flit among visitors in the enclosed butterfly house. Check out the butterfly house through September 4, and then cool off in my favorite shady spot, the fern glade.

Local Buzz

Keeping Purple Hearts Through Winter?
Can you keep purple heart (Secreasea) through winter? Boocoodles of Middle South gardeners teamed this purple foliage plant with 'Cosmic Orange' cosmos or 'Orange Profusion' zinnias this summer. The good news? Despite purple heart's Mexican heritage, there are widespread reports of it surviving winter temps as low as 0 degrees F in protected spots. If you have a clump near a south- or west-facing wall, expect to see it come back next spring.


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