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  • Purple Southern Indica azaleas against a green leaf background.
  • Beedance painted red bidens, each with 5 yellow petals with red tips.
  • Pansy Matrix Lavendar Shades waiting to be transplanted into the landscape.
  • Pink Enchantment rose against green background.
  • Southern Gardening host Dr. Gary Bachman in greenhouse with scarecrow.
  • Filming salad tables filled with home grown lettuces.
  • Pink flowers on a green vine growing on a wooden fence.

Southern Gardening Television is a weekly, 1 1/2 minute television segment designed to air within Mississippi television newscasts. Segments are designed for persons interested in lawn and garden care. The show features Extension Horticulturist Gary Bachman and is produced by video producer Tim Allison.

Southern Gardening Radio is also found here.

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Tough Coleus Color
September 20, 2020

Tough Coleus Color


Bright colorful gardens are a challenge in our late summer Mississippi heat. Many flowers may struggle this time of year, but the bright foliage of coleus continues to hang tough.

Purple Flowers
September 13, 2020

Purple Flowers


Many gardeners love the color purple in their Mississippi landscape. Let’s take a look at some of the plant options that are available. 

Perennial Salvia
September 6, 2020

Perennial Salvia


It’s no secret that I’m a real fan of perennial salvia. These plants can be real showstoppers in our Mississippi gardens and landscapes.

Whopper Begonias
August 23, 2020

Whopper Begonias


A certain burger joint got famous for selling a Whopper, but today, I’m going to tell you about a different kind of whopper. 

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Friday, July 3, 2020 - 6:00am

The yellow petals and dark centers of black-eyed Susans are recognizable across Mississippi today on Southern Gardening.

Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 6:00am

When it's hot in our summer Mississippi landscapes, one of my favorite go-to plants is lantana. Today on Southern Gardening.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 6:00am

It’s Mississippi and we all have pest problems in the landscape, I’d like to share a few tips on being proactive today on Southern Gardening.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 6:00am

Hummingbirds are entertaining creatures and the right flowers are an invitation to your garden today on Southern Gardening.

Monday, June 29, 2020 - 6:00am

Horticulturist Gary Bachman talks about muscadines and some of the different varieties of the fruit.

Southern Gardening Articles

Three panels display colorful green, yellow and purple foliage.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

What a rollercoaster last week was for Southern Gardening!

My column highlighted the steps gardeners should take ahead of a tropical storm. We cancelled Southern Gardening TV production, as coastal Mississippi was in the crosshairs of Hurricane Sally on Monday and the weather folks were assuring us of a Mississippi landfall.

A clear panel covers a window on the exterior of a house.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I write this while contemplating what a wild year 2020 has been. There’s no need to remind anyone about the pandemic that has literally changed our landscape.

The next big thing is Hurricane Sally making landfall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast this week. Every tropical storm or hurricane creates landscape and garden chores that need to be finished before the storm arrives.

My biggest concern is always for the wind blowing loose objects around and causing damage.

A yellow-and-black-striped caterpillar rests on a stem in a cluster of orange and yellow flowers.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Many of my gardening friends are already on the lookout for the annual migration of Monarch butterflies on their way to their Mexico wintering grounds. Witnessing this migration is awe-inspiring.

Last year towards the end of September, clouds of Monarchs made their way through Mississippi.

Dozens of pink flowers in clusters rise above green foliage.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

We’re already into our September garden, and lots of great things are going to happen.

As temperatures finally start to moderate -- my fingers are crossed -- most of our summer flowering annuals that look ragged after surviving the heat and humidity will start to perk up. I think of this as our flowering annuals getting their second wind.

A plant with dark, almost purple leaves has large, pink blooms with red centers.
- Filed Under: Coronavirus, Flower Gardens

I’ve been thinking about the whole COVID-19 pandemic experience we’ve endured for the last several months -- like social distancing and face masks -- and the activities we look forward to enjoying once again.

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Portrait of Dr. Gary R. Bachman
Extension/Research Professor

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Portrait of Mr. Tim Allison
Senior Extension Associate
Portrait of Mr. Brian Utley
Senior Extension Associate

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