New England

September, 2005
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Creating Winter Interest in the Garden
Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA, will host a workshop called "Winter Interest in a Day" on September 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Using hardscaping, garden ornaments, lighting, and winter-hardy plant materials, you'll discover just how exciting your garden can be during the winter. Detailed lists of plants will be given out, as well as a garden diary and other kinds of take-home information to help start you on your way to a design for your garden in winter. The $10.00 materials fee is payable to the instructor, Val Pierce of Foxfire Gardens in Salem, NH, at the beginning of the workshop. For info, visit: http://www.towerhillbg.org/, or e-mail: ssouthard@towerhillbg.org.

Favorite or New Plant

Japanese Forest Grass
With arching leaves of yellow with green stripes, variegated Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola') is as beautiful as its name. Also called Hakone grass, this 12- to 18-inch-tall grass adds a splash of brightness to a shady nook, and creates a sense of movement if you place several along a walkway or on a slope. Mine is growing next to a tall cobalt blue planter, where the colors show each other off.

Japanese forest grass grows best in rich, moist soil in sun or partial shade. It takes a year or two to get established so don't be dismayed if it seems to languish for a while. It still has good color in the meantime.

Other variegated forms are 'Albovariegata' with white stripes on green, 'Alboaurea' with both white and yellow stripes on green, and 'All Gold' with yellow leaves. An all-green variety also is available but that seems to be missing the point.

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