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Southern Gardening offers weekly gardening tips for Mississippi growers interested in lawn, garden, flowers, and all types of horticulture. The show features Dr. Eddie Smith, a gardening specialist and Pearl River County coordinator with the Mississippi State University Extension Service.


Amstel Begonias, February 2024

Amstel Begonias

February 22, 2024

Today Southern Gardening is at Coach's Cedar Creek Farm in Lucedale, MS checking out their beautiful Amstel begonias growing in their greenhouses.

Camellia Japonica, February 2024

Camellia Japonica

February 15, 2024

Today I am at the home of Mr. Jim Smelley enjoying his collection of over 500 varieties of camellias that he has been growing and propagating over 60 years.

Loquat Tree, February 2024

Loquat Trees

February 8, 2024

Today I am in Lucedale, MS admiring this beautiful loquat tree that is producing fruit in the middle of winter.

Juniper, January 2024


January 25, 2024

Junipers are coniferous evergreen trees and shrubs that make great additions to the landscape. Let’s take a look at a couple junipers you may want to include in yours.

Distyliums, January 2024


January 18, 2024

Today Southern Gardening is at Adams Nursery in Petal, MS. checking out some of their different varieties of Distyliums. Distyliums are valued for their attractive, glossy foliage that remains vibrant throughout the year, providing year-round visual interest. 

Southern Gardening Articles

Ferns with two different leaf shapes and colors fill the frame.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

If you wonder what plants can be used in shaded areas of your landscape, I suggest that hardy and low-maintenance ferns are a great choice for adding lush, green foliage. Ferns come in a variety of sizes, textures and colors that can add visual interest to darker areas of the landscape. While we can grow lots of ferns in hanging baskets and pots, picking the ones to plant in the ground is a bit trickier.

Red and yellow blooms blanket plants in a greenhouse.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Coach’s Cedar Creek Farm in Lucedale where I was awestruck by the brightly blooming Amstel begonias growing in one of their greenhouses.
These begonias, also known as Rieger begonias, are a unique blend of tuberous and wax begonias.

A large, pink bloom resembles an open rose.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I recently had the pleasure of exploring Mr. Jim Smelley’s impressive camellia collection with some of the Pearl River County Master Gardeners. I began thinking about how these beautiful plants with their gorgeous blooms could be the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for plant lovers.

A small, rounded tree grows in a landscape.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Did you know there is a tree that produces fruit in late winter and early spring? That tree is the loquat, and as I drive around Mississippi on these cold winter days, I have noticed many of them in gardens and landscapes. With their evergreen elegance and delectable fruit, loquat trees add a bit of subtropical charm.

A yellow branch is lined with green needles.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I absolutely love looking for different types of plants for my landscaping. In home landscapes, the usual suspects like hollies, ligustrums, azaleas and camellias often take center stage. While these are excellent choices, there’s a world of possibilities waiting for those willing to explore the realm of conifers.

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