New England

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


A Snowy Landscape Provides a Blank Canvas

The holiday season is winding down, and for those of us who love to garden it can be a melancholy time of year. It will be months before we can dig and plant outdoors again, and soak in the colors and smells of springtime. But the recent winter solstice...
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Web Finds

University of Illinois Extension Hort Corner Visit the University of Illinois Extension's Hort Corner Web site for all sorts of gardening...


Trees for the Small Garden If you're considering adding trees to your landscape, take the time now to research the best...
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Regional Reminders

  • Fungus Gnats
  • Remove Snow on Shrubs
  • Try Worm Composting
  • Maintain Humidity Around Houseplants
  • Appreciate Snow Cover

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