December, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Balloon Flower Trial

National News

Balloon flowers ( Platycodons grandiflorus ) are beautiful summer-blooming perennials that come in a range of flower colors including, pink, white, and blue. They grow to a height of about 3 feet...

New California Lilac Has Colorful Foliage

Ceanothus is known as the California lilac. This shrub is hardy only in USDA zones 8 to 10. However, in those areas it grows 8 feet tall and wide and produces lavender-colored flowers from...

Smelly Compost Pile? Just Add Water

Composting is a great way to reduce household and yard organic waste and create a good soil amendment for your garden. While the materials in a well constructed compost pile will break down...

Illustrated Guide to Gardening Now Organic!

The Illustrated Guide to Gardening has been a gardening bible for many for years. Originally published in 1970s, this book has been the mainstay for many a gardener across the country. The All...

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In the Garden


Celebrating the Winter Garden

Do you recognize yourself in these signs of a winter garden lover: trudging through January snow to admire the first fragrant yellow blooms on a Hamamelis x intermedia 'Pallida'; appreciating the ice-laden forms of Mahonia aquifolium and Picea...
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Web Finds

Hardy Plant Society, Mid-Atlantic Group The Hardy Plant Society was started about 50 years as a conservation effort for hardy herbaceous...


The Pruning Book For pruning guidance, I rely on my dog-eared, 1997 softcover edition of The Pruning Book , by...
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Regional Reminders

  • Let Fish Hibernate
  • Get Physical
  • Don't Worry About Peeping Bulbs
  • Keep Pond Water Flowing
  • Find Inspiration Outdoors

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