If there is one shrub that is characteristic of a southern garden it would be the Magnolia in my opinion. They are majestic in bloom. I have added Azaleas and Camellias to my garden over the years but always held back on adding a Magnolia until recently. I think it was because in my roots I was a northern plains gardner in the south. This came to mind today as I stopped by a local nursery for a little relaxed browsing to avoid the weekend crowds (I also had a 10 per cent off coupon that was burning a hole in my pocket). It was there that I saw Poppy's in bloom. Such vibrant colors and I wanted one but I have tried to grow them on several occasions without success. They don't survive the humid hot southern summer climate. I knew I was now a southern gardener when I walked away. And when I got home I looked at the Star Magnolia in bloom and said to myself--beats the hell out of a poppy.