New England

March, 2005
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Lily-of-the-Nile
The long strappy leaves and tall flower spikes of Lily-of-the-Nile (Agapanthus) make a dramatic display from spring till fall, especially in large planters. The flowers come in white and various cool shades of blue -- and they are borne in clusters like an allium, atop stems that range from 2 to 6 feet tall. Although not hardy in New England, you can pot up the rhizomes indoors and move them outside after danger of frost is past. In the fall, dig them up like dahlias and store them inside. They flower best when potbound, so plant three rhizomes in a 20-inch pot. The flowers are unusual enough to provoke lots of attention, and they last well in a vase.

Shows & Events

Garden in the Woods
If you love wildflowers and need a spring field trip, visit the Garden in the Woods in Framingham, MA, the headquarters and botanic garden of the New England Wild Flower Society. Late April and May are prime times to stroll amongst the wildflowers, and if you fall in love with a particular plant, you may find it for sale at the Garden in the Woods Nursery, which is the largest native plant nursery in New England. The society also presents a lecture series and many events throughout the year. For more info, visit: http://www.newfs.org/.

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