Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Southern Gardening Under Changing Conditions

Southern Garden Symposium October 19th & 20th, 2018

October 19th & 20th in 2018 will see the return of the Southern Garden Symposium, a southern gardening convention which brings together the best tips, tricks, and gardeners from all across the southern states of America. Proceeds from the Symposium will again be going to numerous projects including: Historic Ferdinand St. in St. Francisville, Rosedown, and Audubon State Historic Sites. This kind of funding will carry southern gardening into the future as much as changing conditions can control what you do with your southern Garden. Changing how you see what southern gardening is can create a better environment for your southern gardens to grow.

Southern Garden Symposium| Speakers, Guides, and Tutorials

The Southern Garden Symposium in St. Francisville, Louisiana is known for social engagement as it is known for gardening. This year’s speakers include Rick Darke, Andrea Wulf, Doug Tallamy, and others will engage attendees with their intrinsic knowledge of southern gardening and the environments in which southern gardeners work with. Soaring summer temperatures may affect how your pants are growing, but with the knowledge you can garnish from the Southern Garden Symposium will carry you across the finish line with beautiful flowering plants and gardens.

Southern Gardens | Inspiration from the Top Down

The Southern Gardens Symposium is designed to pass along knowledge to those who require it to further their goal of planting crops, flowers, and cover plants during the hot, summer months of the Deep South. Now, 30-years later, the Southern Garden Symposium has become an annual tradition for gardeners from across the southern US. With lectures and workshops, the gathering will enlighten many with new tips and tricks on gardening in the south. The events are presented with southern style and class and include fresh foods from southern gardens as well as recipes of all kinds for attendees to try for themselves. This event will take the best knowledge from the highest level of gardener and hand it down to the novice. Nowhere can this kind of collaboration be found when it comes to southern gardens and can be counted on for more than a good, southern time.

What to Expect Besides Gardens | Foods from Southern Gardens

It’s just a 45-minute drive north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, St. Francisville is considered the quiet community with breathtaking southern gardens. The town has been detailed by its dimensions, two-miles long and two yards wide, shopping, scenery, and historic locations are the bellwether of this small, southern town. Don’t miss out on this year’s symposium. If you’re a southern gardener, you’ll take away more than you brought when you go to this southern gardening gathering.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Welcome to Plantabulous, A Southern Garden Blog by Laura Granier

Welcome back to another post from Plantabulous, your Southern Garden Advice Blog covering everything hot under the Sun. Planting in the south can be challenging with the increasing heat as summer moves from spring to fall. here is a list of the top twelve southern garden plants you may want to start growing in your southern garden.

What's in Your Southern Garden?

Whether you are growing plants in a pot, a bed, or a garden, the southern environment plays a big part in southern gardening. You'll have to know what plants will grow well in the heat and humidity of the south as well as when to start growing. This post will detail some of the top, southern plants for southern gardeners to grow all year.

The Southern Royal Catchfly

Royal Catchfly is a sturdy perennial plant that is great for attracting hummingbirds, The flowers a a bright, trumpet shaped red flower that begins to flower in the middle to later parts of summer

The Southern Swamp Lily

Swamp Lily is a marsh type flowering plant that survives well in the south due to the increased threat of flood waters after a southern storm. These flowering plants show clustered pink or white flowers from sporing until fall and have long, strap leaves reminiscent of large grass blades.

The Southern Woodland Phlox

Woodland Phlox is a flowering plant that comes with a full range of self-protection to avoid the common problems that kill flowering plants. This plant has blue, purple , or white flowers and flowers in the springtime, prior to the introduction of the full, southern summer garden heat.

The Southern Stoke's Aster

Stoke's Aster is another tough perennial that has an extremely long flowering period that lasts from spring till fall. The best variants of Stoke's Aster include the Blue Danube, Mary Gregory, and Peachie's Pick.

The Southern Helen's Flower

Helen's Flower is a fall daisy that blooms near the end of the summer season but still maintains a significant amount of color and attractive appearance for fall bees and pollen carrying insects. A Mardi Gras version is widely held as the best version of the Helen's Flower and can be seen planted among many southern gardens.

The Southern Northern Sea Oats

Northern Sea Oats is an grass that has its place in many southern gardens due to its ornamental shape and color. The Northern Sea Oat is a fast grower and can overtake other plants in a closely planted garden. Be sure to manage new growth when managing this southern garden favorite.

The Southern Native Bee Balm

The native Bee Balm has brilliant red flowers continuing to blossom through the summer. This plant is a magnet for pollen loving birds and insects. Besides being an attraction to pollinating fauna, the Bee Balm also has enough aromatic foliage top keep pests away like rabbits and deer.

The Southern Crested Iris

The Crested Iris flowers a blue, white, or purple flower that by all means is as delicate as any other in the garden. It's hard to imagine this plant being a southern favorite, but the Crested Iris continues to prove its toughness against the heat, humidity, and Sun of the South.

The Southern Indian Pink

Indian Pink flowers are another Hummingbird favorite. Because of the shape of the flower and its color, it makes a perfect perch for a hummingbird to slurp up all the goodness from within. This plant like to be at the front of most gardens and can be overcome by other plants that can overtake the roots system. Always plant your Indian Pinks around the edges of your garden and you'll find tham to be the best, first flower you see when working on your southern garden.

The Southern Hibiscus

Hibiscus has a big, bright, and beautiful flower. They are bigger than your hand and hang delicately waiting for a wandering pollinator to find it. The plants become full of blooms all through summer and can be in red pink, or even white.

The Southern Pitcher Plant

The pitcher plant is a carnivorous plant living in swampy area of the south. These plants are unique in shape, form, and function. they have funnel shape flowers that are capable of digesting small insects that fall into its pitcher. Once inside the victim will be slowly digested as food for the plant. You'll find Pitcher Plants blooming in the swamps during springtime and won't return again until the following year.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Welcome to plantabulous. Plantabulous is for the gardener who thinks growing is a magical experience. Live the life of a gardener by following the growing tips you will find on Plantabulous. Happy Gardening!

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