Other Sources of Information on Roses
- Jackson and Perkins Beautiful Roses Made Easy Southern Edition by Teri Dunn and Walter Reeves
- Simply Roses by Karen Dardick
- Landscaping with Antique Roses by Liz Druitt and G. Michael Shoup
- Antique Roses for the South by William C. Welch
- The American Garden Guides: Rose Gardening by Jim Browne
- Taylor’s Guide to Roses, Houghton Mifflin Company
- Ortho Books: All About Roses
- Landscape Roses by Black and Decker
- American Rose Society Encyclopedia of Roses by Charles Quest-Riston
- Roses in the Southern Garden by Michael G. Shoup
- American Rose Society Ultimate Rose, Editors, Beth Smiley and Ray Rogers
- www.amazon.com - rose book source
- www.ars.org - American Rose Society
- www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/factsheets/roses/roses.htm - North Carolina State University
- www.gardenconservancy.org - source for ordering Open Days Directory: The Guide to Visiting Hundreds of America’s Best Private Gardens
- www.helpmefind.com/sites.rrr.rosetest.html - entire site devoted to topics related to roses
- www.jacksonandperkins.com - Jackson and Perkins Roses
- www.rosemagazine.com - online rose magazine
- www.worldrose.org - website of the World Federation of Rose Societies
One of my favorite easy-care, flowering plants has to be lantana. This low-maintenance plant is highly tolerant of the hot, humid summers in our Mississippi gardens.
It’s no wonder that lantana has been selected as a Mississippi Medallion winner three times.
Through February, I’m highlighting plants named 2020 Mississippi Medallion winners. Each of these winners is superbly adapted to our garden and landscape environment.
This week, I want to tell you about American beautyberry, a winner that is a native species found across the Southeast. It is known botanically as Callicarpa americana.
A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of introducing the 2020 Mississippi Medallion Winners at the Gulf States Hort Expo in Mobile, Alabama. This is a special group of selections, as the Mississippi Medallion program is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020.
The plants selected for 2020 include Colorblaze coleus, beautyberry, Luscious Series lantana and Garden Gem tomato.
It may be chilly outside, but don’t let that deter you from going outside and working in your garden and landscape. Grab a jacket and your gardening tools, there is plenty to be done during February!
I don’t think you can go wrong with some dianthus in your landscape in 2020.
I love the flower colors that include pink, red, lavenders, white, and bicolors. The foliage of these plants ranges from being grass-like to broader strap-like linear leaves. Plus, the foliage provides contrast with colors ranging from bright green to steely blue-gray.
There are some great selections that will do a fantastic job in our Mississippi gardens and landscapes especially in the cooler months of the year.