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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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Christmas Poinsettias

Christmas Poinsettias

November 29, 2020

It's the holiday season, and what says Christmas more than a beautiful poinsettia? Of course, red is the traditional color, but there are some very pretty and unusual colors available. 

Sonata Cosmos

Sonata Cosmos

November 22, 2020

If you’re looking for a colorful annual that will thrive in our hot and dry Mississippi summer, then bright and cheery cosmos certainly deserve a serious look. The flowers of Sonata cosmos are delicate and daisy-like with the petals surrounding the yellow center disk.

Crape Myrtle Bark

Crape Myrtle Bark

November 15, 2020

Bark can be an overlooked feature of landscape plants when compared to the colorful annuals we plant each year. Let’s take a look at what I consider a landscape treasure. 

Resilient Color

Resilient Color

November 8, 2020

I love the fall season in Mississippi when the temperatures start cooling down and our summer color gets its second wind. Let’s take a look at some colorful plants that aren’t quite ready to give up this year.

Golden Treasures

Golden Treasures

November 1, 2020

Today Southern Gardening is back at the Trucks Crops Branch Station in Crystal Springs. Let’s take a look at a couple of gorgeous golden fall season landscape plants.

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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

Frost covers the ruffled leaves of young lettuce.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Well, it happened again this week. It seems every year, home gardeners get surprised by the first cold snap. Whenever weather forecasters utter the words “frost” or “freeze” for the first time each fall, you can bet there will be cases of landscape panic and questions about how to protect our garden plants from the onslaught of Jack Frost.

Red poinsettia leaves sport white centers.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

This week, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving and the “official” start of the holiday season.
In this year of COVID-19, we will celebrate our holidays differently than in past years. But despite any accommodations we have to make, there’s one thing that will always be associated with the Christmas season, and that is beautiful poinsettias.

Flowers with white and yellow petals bloom above lush, green leaves.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

This past weekend, I planted the last of my Big Four must-have, cool-season color annuals: violas.

Violas are tough, and I think they tolerate cold winter weather even better than pansies. They perform well in landscape beds as well as in containers. They grow right through the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and are still shining in the garden at Easter and beyond.

A single red bloom rises above green leaves along with white and purple blooms.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

This week, I got to get back gardening after cleaning up the Hurricane Zeta debris. While visiting a garden center upstate, I was reminded that if you haven’t done so already, now is the time to get your pansies planted for great cool-season color.
Stop in your favorite garden center now to find all kinds of colorful pansies ready for their new home landscapes. Pansies are among my go-to annuals, and there are some great selections available in the market.

 A tree lays on the ground with its entire root system exposed.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Landscape and Garden Design, Trees

I had planned to write again this week about more great cool-season color options, but we had a landscape and garden crasher named Hurricane Zeta make a mess on the Gulf coast.

This storm surprised most folks with its intensity and property damage. It also did a lot -- and I do mean a lot -- of damage to trees that resulted in widespread power outages. My family and neighbors were lucky that our power was off for only 48 hours.

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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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