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South Regional Reports

High Summer Perennials

These selections look fresh even on the hottest and muggiest Southern days

‘Timeless Treasure’ heuchera (Heuchera ‘Timeless Treasure’, Zones 4–9). Photo: Andy Pulte.

The South has a diverse climate that fluctuates from state to state. There are even large amounts of variability across individual states. For example, in the state of Tennessee where I live and garden, the mountainous regions of East Tennessee are very different from the flatlands of West Tennessee. This makes the term “high summer” mean something a little different based on your area of the region. In fact, some in the lower parts of our region have a growing season that extends a full month past what I traditionally experience.

Summer in the South is hot, sometimes dry, sometimes wet, and always full of gardening challenges. However, there is no reason your garden can’t shine this time of year with the addition of some tough plants. Take time this month to walk through your garden in the cooler parts of the day and see what space you have to…

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