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MOBILE, Alabama (WKRG) –

It’s spring, and almost everything is in bloom! Except Gardening Expert Bill Finch says spring is long past for the Gulf Coast and we’re well into American Summer—that time of year here where it feels like summer does in most of America.

Whatever you call this time of year, there’s no debating that it’s lovely, with Mexican sunflower and black-eyed Susan and many more local favorites in colorful bloom. Bill says there are also some weird but beautiful blooming plants to consider for your Gulf Coast garden.

Clematis is one. Most people think of this as a dinner-plate sized bloom, but Bill says there is a whole collection of clematis will small, bell-shaped blooms. He has a purple on on his fence, but there are lots of varieties of clematis in this part of the world, including one that grows wild in the Mobile River Delta with delicate blue blooms.

Another great eye-catcher is Brazilain tiger iris. This…