Jason and Shelley Powell

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

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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…

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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…

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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…

  • Peruvian swamp lily (Zephyranthes candida) growing, white petals
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    Rain Lilies for the South

    April showers bring May flowers, and summer showers bring rain lilies. Rain lilies are small, flowering perennial bulbs that bloom three to five days after a rain shower in mid…

  • Leaf-footed plant bugs on a tomato
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    Pest Control for the South: Eastern Leaf-Footed Plant Bug

    Most insects don't bug us. There are a few we even like. However, there is one family of insects that makes us downright irritable: leaf-footed plant bugs. There are several…

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    Spectacular Salvias for the South

    Salvias (Salvia spp. and cvs., Zones 5–11) are one of the most versatile genera of plants for gardeners. Flowers can range from beautiful blue to red, pink, white, coral, and…

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    Success With Hostas in the South

    Hostas (Hosta spp. and cvs., Zones 3–8) must be delicious. Everything eats them. There is nothing as disappointing as seeing a wilted hosta and realizing that it’s missing all its…

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    Tips for Healthy, Happy Blueberries in the South

    We always wonder when we hear people say that they don’t like blueberries whether they’ve ever had ripe, freshly picked blueberries. They taste quite different from blueberries picked a little…

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    Irises for the South

    Iris (Iris spp. and cvs., Zones 3–10) blooms are like big butterflies floating in the garden. They are so attractive that every garden should have at least one species, and…