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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.

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Colorful Crotons

Colorful Crotons

October 31, 2021

I’ve always said that you can get some of the biggest landscape impact using bright foliage. As we race into the autumn season, I highly recommend getting a couple of colorful croton plants. 

Colorful Coleus

Colorful Coleus

October 24, 2021

In the fall season coleus really shine in the landscape. Let’s take a look at some really great selections. 

Mums and Mari-Mums

Mums and Mari-Mums

October 17, 2021

We’re in the fall season and it’s time for a great colorful duo of plants. Today Southern Gardening is at Pine Hills Nursery enjoying the colorful fall mums and marigolds, also called mari-mums.

Gardening Rain Delay

Gardening Rain Delay

October 10, 2021

Just like every gardener in the south the crew of Southern Gardening also has to deal with the rain. So what do I do when I can’t get in the garden, I think about the plants I could be planting.

Luscious Lantana

Luscious Lantana

October 3, 2021

One of my favorite flowering landscape plants has to be lantana and these Luscious lantana are looking pretty darn good after a long, hot summer.

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July 3, 2020

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

July 2, 2020

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

July 1, 2020

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.

June 30, 2020

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

June 29, 2020

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

Southern Gardening Articles

A large, green and white caterpillar has yellow spots.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

There is a lot of attention being paid to helping Monarch butterflies, and why not? These amazing insects are the only butterfly species known to have a migration pattern much like birds. Using environmental cues, they migrate south in the fall to overwintering grounds in Mexico. In the spring, they migrate north to breeding grounds all across North America.

A container is filled with red blooms on stems.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

May is one of my favorite months in the garden and landscape because so many plants are just starting to hit their stride. Bright-green, new foliage seems to be everywhere among my many hibiscuses and other flowering shrubs. One of my May favorites is the daylily.

Three yellow shrubs grow in front of white railing.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I visited my daughter who lives in Augusta, Georgia, during the Christmas holidays to help her landscape her new house. I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the garden center, picking out great plants that would perform well in her landscape. The best of what we bought that day in December was the Sunshine Ligustrum.

A reed-like plant has delicate white blooms.
- Filed Under: Flower Gardens

One of the most confusing things when reading about plants in the landscape or talking to other gardeners about them is the use of common names. White it is understandable that we use common names -- remembering and using botanical Latin is hard -- it does lead to confusion. Some plants have two or more common names, and there are other instances where two different species have the same common name. For example, consider the common name, spider lily.

A cluster of pink blooms leaning against a wooden fence.
- Filed Under: Planting, Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

While many of my Northern gardening friends are still dealing with freezing temperatures, I spent this past weekend out in my coastal Mississippi landscape appreciating the fact that my tomatoes are planted and my roses are blooming.

It was the roses that really caught my attention. All of my rose plants are blooming their stems off, even though I missed the ideal pruning period of late January/early February. When I finally had time to prune, all the bushes were already pushing new growth, but the pruning still needed to be done.

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

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