Southern Plains Regional Reports

  • Shrubs for Small Spaces in the Southern Plains
    Southern Plains Regional Reports

    Shrubs for Small Spaces in the Southern Plains

    Mark Weathington, director of the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, discusses several small shrub varieties that provide big interest in a petite package as…

  • grove of pine trees affected by pine wilt disease
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    Pest Control for the Southern Plains: Pine Wilt Disease

    There are several pests that attack pine trees (Pinus spp. and cvs., Zones 2–9) in the Southern Plains—from pine needle scale to needle blight to yellow-bellied sapsuckers—but none are as…

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    Southern Plains September Garden To-Do List

    The heat will break this month, and so begins our second growing season of the year! September is a busy time in the Southern Plains as we kick off our…

  • Little Bluestem 
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    Plants for Birds in the Southern Plains

    As William Cullina mentions in his article on plants for birds, the sad reality is songbirds are disappearing: “Habitat loss, pesticides, and the accompanying decline of insect populations have contributed…

  • Brandywine tomato
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    Growing Tomatoes in the Heat of Summer

    It’s the middle of summer. The tomato plants are lush and full. You harvested a great crop in June, but now the plants refuse to produce fruit. What went wrong?…

  • 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…