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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.


Friday, September 20, 2019 - 7:00am

Chives are easy to grow and add to your herb garden.

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:00am

A living wreath can be used to celebrate the summer season.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 7:00am

I never thought about growing amaranth on purpose in the garden until today.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 7:00am

Horticulturist Gary Bachman has information on godenrod.

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 7:00am

Fall’s almost here and that means the garden centers will have pansies today on Southern Gardening.

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 7:00am

Gary Bachman talks about the why you should stake your plants in the garden.

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 7:00am

Zahara Zinnia are great choices for fall color in the landscape.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 7:00am

Dahlia is an easy to care for plant that we should grow more of.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 7:00am

Small dahlias are a great choice for containers on the porch or patio.

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 7:00am

Horticulturist Gary Bachman talks about the colorful ornamental kale and cabbage.


Hot Ornamental Peppers
September 8, 2019

Hot Ornamental Peppers

I have to admit that when the heat is on in late summer, my favorite garden plants are peppers, the ornamental variety. 

Whopper Begonias
September 1, 2019

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. We’re at the South Mississippi Branch Station in Poplarville looking...

August 25, 2019


Rudbeckia are big, round, colorful flowers that fit great in any garden. Let’s take a look at a few of my favorite selections.  Rudbeckia are wonderful and produce lots of flowers in colors...

Southern Gardening APPROVED
August 18, 2019

Southern Gardening APPROVED

Here at Southern Gardening, we show you all kinds of different plants every week. But we just don’t recommend…we actually grow these in our own yards. Our plants are….Southern Gardening: Approved...

Southern Gardening Articles

White spots line all sides of a narrow branch seen in the foreground of a tree beside the road.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

This weekend while driving in my hometown of Ocean Springs, I looked at the crape myrtles planted in the median all along Highway 90. I noticed that most of the trees had a dark cast to them, even on a bright, sunny morning.

A round cluster of red, tubular flowers rises above a sea of lime green leaves.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

About 10 years ago while attending a meeting in Miami, I had the opportunity to tour around south Florida, sightseeing and enjoying the horticulture.

Clusters of small, reddish-purple berries line branches among a sea of green leaves.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

One of my favorite Mississippi native plants is just starting to show its true landscape value. Of course, I’m referring to our native Callicarpa americana, known commonly and affectionately as the American beautyberry.

A clump of large caladium leaves with green edges and pink centers growing out of a bed of pine straw.
- Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

In recent years, gardeners everywhere have seen quite a few plants that were once grown only in shady conditions come out into the sunshine. Sunpatiens were my first experience with these now sun lovers.

Plants with mostly yellow peppers and some orange and red peppers perched on a bed of pine straw.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

The late summer garden and landscape in Mississippi can be a tough place. Extreme heat and humidity result in heat index numbers that keep me, like many other gardeners, indoors enjoying the air conditioning.

But, I can take solace in knowing that, while many of my flowering summer annuals are starting to succumb to the heat, my ornamental peppers will be growing strong. What a great selection for any later summer garden!


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