Southern Plains Regional Reports

  • Serviceberry berries
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    Ornamental Edible Shrubs for the Southern Plains

    If you’ve ever stopped to appreciate an okra blossom or admire the lush foliage of a pawpaw tree, you’ve noticed that edible plants can be just as beautiful as ornamental…

  • Quick Fire panicle hydrangea
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    Growing Hydrangeas in the Southern Plains

    With long-lasting blooms and gorgeous foliage, hydrangeas (Hydrangea spp. and cvs., Zones 3–9) are the heart and soul of the summer garden. But growing hydrangeas in the hot, dry Southern…

  • Indian pink flowers
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    Native to Know: Indian Pink

    Calling all hummingbirds! Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica, Zones 5–9), also called pinkroot, blooms all across the Southern Plains in late spring and early summer. Perhaps one of our showiest native…

  • pink flower with bee on it
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    Plants to Support Native Bees in the Southern Plains

    Bees are responsible for pollinating 80% of the world’s plants, including one-third of the food on our plates and many of the ornamental plants in our gardens. While European honeybees…

  • Antique Linen Daylily
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    Perennial Rebloomers for the Southern Plains

    Dan Robarts says in his article on reblooming perennials, "...the criteria I generally adhere to for earning a spot in the beds at my home or botanical garden workplace center…

  • Clay soil
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    Amending Clay Soils

    While soils vary considerably across the United States, many gardeners are faced with the challenge of growing plants in heavy clay soil. This may be due to the natural composition…

  • anise hyssop
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    Beat the Heat with Shade-Tolerant Herbs and Veggies in the Southern Plains

    Growing cool-season crops in the Southern Plains can be tricky. Spring plantings often bolt (go to flower) from the heat before crops mature, while fall plantings are difficult to establish…

  • summer and fall vegetable garden
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    Choosing Where to Build Your Vegetable Garden in the Southern Plains

    Every climate type presents certain challenges to vegetable gardeners. Here are a few region-specific tips to keep in mind when siting a new vegetable garden in your Southern Plains garden.…

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    4 Must-Have Plants for the Southern Plains

    As garden centers start to open their doors for the season (and we get ready to run into them with open arms), we decided to ask some regional experts what…

  • downed tree limbs from winter storm
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    Recovering Your Garden After a Winter Storm in the Southern Plains

    Your electricity is back on, you’re no longer flushing toilets with melted snow, and it’s no longer 15 degrees colder than the coldest day of your life. Congratulations—you’ve made it…