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Southern Living June 2017

SOUTHERN LIVING celebrates the legendary food, gracious homes, lush gardens, and distinct places that make the South unique. In every edition you’ll find dozens of recipes prepared in our famous test kitchens, guides to the best travel experiences, decorating ideas and inspiration, and gardening tips tailored specifically to your climate.

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Meredith Corporation
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13 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
time to pig out

WHEN I WAS A SUBURBAN KID in Memphis, there were a few dads on our block who got together one year to cook a whole hog for the Fourth of July. This was the single most exciting thing that had ever happened in our neighborhood. They dug a pit in someone’s front yard, filled it with sand, and then built an oven with cinder blocks, rebar, and corrugated-steel paneling. Every step of the process was an event, from the arrival of the hog to the all-night fire tending to the party the next day. Red T-shirts were made, people brought potato salad and peach cobbler, and we had a ramshackle parade with banana seat bikes and Big Wheel trikes decorated with streamers. It’s one of my favorite memories of summer. Recently,…

4 min.
instant classic

WHEN ATLANTA architect Brandon Ingram was tasked with designing a small cottage 30 minutes outside Tallahassee, Florida, he knew it needed to be two things: “extremely efficient and super Southern.” Extremely efficient because this is the second building on the property and county laws mandated that it be no more than 800 square feet. And super Southern because of its setting, a bucolic 17 ½ acres of land studded with live oak, pine, and magnolia trees, perfect for afternoons spent on breezy porches. To manage the home’s tiny footprint, Ingram was meticulous with scale. “When designing little homes, you run the risk of them looking like playhouses unless you take the proportions really seriously,” he says. So he played to a grander scale wherever he could, including the size of the…

1 min.
ripe for easy picking

SMALL-SPACE GARDENERS, here’s a treat: You don’t need acres of land to plant your own blueberries. Container gardens make it easy to enjoy these sweet summer gems at home. Follow these guidelines for growing your own. PICK THE RIGHT SIZE CONTAINER Blueberry bushes thrive in pots because their shallow root systems are well suited for small spaces. After buying a blueberry bush, plant it in a 12-inch-diameter container for the first two to three years. When the bush outgrows the smaller pot, move it to a 20- to 24-inch container. PLANT MORE THAN ONE Some selections are self-pollinating, but others rely heavily on bees to help with the process. You can get away with growing just one bush, but for larger berries and bigger yields per plant, grow at least two selections for better…

2 min.
summer’s confetti

FOR VIBRANT summer color, few flowering plants can compete with the crepe myrtle. Just look around your neighborhood. Nearly every street in the South is lined with these blooming trees from mid-June to mid- August. There’s plenty to love about them: They grow almost anywhere, are easy to maintain, and are available in all shapes, sizes, and shades. When picking one for your yard, ask yourself: What color flowers do I want? Choose from red, white, purple, or pink. Is it cold hardy enough? This is key if you live in the Upper South. Is there plenty of sunlight? The more sun, the more flowers you’ll get. How big will it grow? Crepe myrtles have a reputation for growing fast. A larger one can overwhelm your landscape, which could result…

3 min.
the grumpy gardener

GRUMPY’S GRIPE OF THE MONTH It ticks me off when I’m shopping for plants and the label reads only “red crepe myrtle” or “foliage plant” or “marigold.” Here at Southern Living, we take pride in alerting our readers about new and improved plants. It does no good, though, if we specify the names of improved selections (‘Henna’ coleus, ‘Potter’s Purple’ butterfly bush) but the plants are not tagged properly at the store. Tag ’em, nurseries, or I’ll tag you! SHAME ON GRUMPY! A while back, a reader asked what to do about “yellow-and-black caterpillars” eating his plants. You immediately suggested he get out the insecticides and begin spraying! For someone who considers himself a professional gardener, you really missed the mark! With the rapid decline of butterflies in our world, I feel it…

2 min.
‘jubilation’ gardenia

FIRST PLANTED in the South in Charleston, South Carolina, in the mid-1700s, the gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides) quickly became a regional icon. Intensely fragrant blooms pair beautifully with glossy, dark green leaves in summer. You often smell this shrub long before you see it. Flowers may be single blooms, which show their centers, or double blooms, which hide their centers behind whorls of petals—the latter make ideal corsages. ‘Jubilation,’ a member of our Southern Living Plant Collection, grows only 3 feet tall and wide—half the size of most types. Plant it by the porch, under windows, or in a container in full or part sun. It needs no pruning. YOUR JUNE CHECKLIST PLANT Decorate your garden with annuals that love our warm climate and will provide nonstop color all summer. Some of our favorites…