Southern Gardening: Fend off spring fever with blooms
Like every gardener in Mississippi, I get spring fever this time of year. Seed catalogs are piling up higher every day. When visiting garden centers, I’m tempted by the racks of vegetable transplants available. I’ve even seen tomatoes on a warmer weekend. What’s a gardener to do?
To help hold us over until spring really arrives, African daisies and Senetti pericallis are perfect additions for landscape color. Both like the cooler early spring temperatures and can be used exactly like the mums we used last fall.
African daisies have that familiar center disk and colorful petals ranging from white to yellow to bluish-purples. Selections with spoon-shaped petals add more visual interest. The color palette of the Senetti pericallis is more in the blue to purple range. Bicolor selections have attractive white centers.