With the growing season drawing to a close, it's a great time to dry a few of your landscape flowers to use in indoor decorations and crafts. Drying Flowers and Foliage for Arrangements is a Web resource that provides information on air drying, silica and borax drying, microwave drying and techniques for pressing, hanging and glycerin preservation. It includes lists of plants suitable for each type of preservation. Check it out!
Favorite or New Plant
Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) does best in a partial shade location. In fall the arching branches are loaded down with clusters of purple fruits. A white fruiting form also is available. This plant adds interest to shady areas of the landscape. Provide dependable moisture levels for best results. This is a low-care plant that is seldom bothered by pests and diseases. Remember, fall is prime time for planting trees and shrubs!