New England

October, 2003
Regional Report

Books

Growing Bulbs
Lois Hole's Favorite Bulbs; Better Choices, Better Gardens (Hole's, 2003; $19.95) is packed with information about planting and taking care of spring and summer bulbs. For each type of bulb, you'll find sections on planting, growing, and using them in the garden, as well as tips particular to that type. There's a lot of information in this compact book, and while you might not need to know about the 13 different divisions of daffodils, if you like to buy specific varieties as opposed to bulb mixtures, you'll find lots of choices for your wish list.

Favorite or New Plant

Drumstick Allium
I'll never be without drumstick alliums (Allium sphaerocephalon) in my garden. Their purplish blue flower heads are smaller than most ornamental alliums, at about 2 inches in diameter, but they still make a wonderful showing if they are massed. It's hard to imagine how their thin stalks that rise about 1-1/2 to 2 feet high can support anything, but in flower they happily sway in the strongest breezes. They come back year after year without declining, but I find a new place to plant some every year anyway.

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