July, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New, Red Japanese Painted Fern

National News

Ferns are popular shade garden plants that add texture and interest to areas where many plants won’t thrive. While the dominant color of ferns is green, the Japanese painted fern adds a silvery...

Simple, Safe Wasp Deterrent

Wasps and yellow jackets have a habit of ruining outdoor picnics and gatherings. They often build nests close to houses or in our yards and can become a nuisance when we try to use our outdoor...

Rose Hips May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis

Roses have been known for years to be not only beautiful but edible and medicinal as well. The rose hip, in particular, can be used in applesauce, soup, stew, marmalade, bread, pie, jam, and...

Native Ground Cover for Deep Shade

Ferns and hostas may make a big impact in shady areas, but don't overlook the beauty of smaller ground covers, especially when they burst into bloom like Meehan's mint. This native, creeping mint...

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In the Garden


Going Native at the U.S. Botanical Garden

At first glance, the young Regional Garden at the U.S. Botanical Garden's National Garden in Washington, D.C., looks unfinished, with its slightly sloping, rocky terrain dotted with small river birch, white-flowering swamp titi, American hop hornbeam,...
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Web Finds

Smart Irrigation Month Though this Smart Irrigation Month Web site promotes installing irrigation systems, it also has...

Tool or Gardening Product

Stout's Backsaver Grip This triangular, black device isn't sexy but it definitely works, providing leverage that makes...
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Regional Reminders

  • Water Efficiently
  • Water Deeply at Root Level
  • Hydrate for Your Health
  • Stop Planting Perennials, Shrubs, and Trees in Midsummer
  • Mind the Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine

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