Jason and Shelley Powell

Jason and Shelley Powell own and manage Petals From the Past, a garden center in Jemison, Alabama.

  • Tropical-Looking Plants
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    Tropical-Looking Plants for Hot Southern Summers

    To us, tropical-looking plants are plants that thrive in the heat and that add a lot of bright color to the summer garden. They are perennial but disappear for the…

  • hydrangeas for the south
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    Stunning Hydrangeas for the Southern Garden

    Hydrangeas (Hydrangea spp. and cvs., Zones 4–10) seem to be a necessary part of every Southern garden. Those big, billowy blue flowers under tall trees in shady gardens look cool…

  • container roses
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    Great Container Roses for the South

    Every gardener needs to grow at least one rose (Rosa spp. and cvs., Zones 2–11), although sometimes the only sunny spot in the yard is a concrete patch. Most roses…

  • early-flowering perennials
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    Early-Flowering Perennials for the South

    March is the starting line at the beginning of the race called spring. It seems that once spring begins, it speeds up until suddenly it is summer. Early-flowering perennials offer…

  • shrubs for screening
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    Evergreen Shrubs for Screening

    During the coldest months of the year in the South, when most of the leaves have fallen, it often becomes apparent where in your garden you could use some evergreen…

  • plants on a windowsill
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    Windowsill Plants for Winter and Beyond

    Once it gets cold, our English gardening side argues a lot with our South Texas side. One half thinks gardening is a necessary year-round activity; the other half thinks going…

  • winter plant for birds
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    Winter Plants for Birds in the South

    Winter is a tough time to be a bird. Many of the fruits that linger into winter farther north are long gone before the first cold front blows through our…

  • summer snowflake flowers
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    In the South, November Is the Time to Plant Bulbs

    Spring-flowering bulbs are still readily available in November, and this is a great time to plant them in our region. Daffodils, tulips, summer snowflakes, and Spanish bluebells all need as…

  • light yellow roses in bloom
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    Spring-Blooming Roses for the South

    Spring-blooming roses put on a spectacular show early in the season, expending the same amount of energy in their single bloom period that other roses put into theirs over the…

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    South November Garden To-Do List

    Plant everything. We are happy to live in the South, where we can plant our favorite plants now without worrying about them heaving out of the ground when winter freezes…