Northern & Central Midwest

January, 2007
Regional Report

Web Finds

Clean Air Counts
Clean Air Counts is a northern Illinois-based initiative that has been set up to help improve air quality in the Chicago area. The Web site is applicable to all of us, however, by giving us things we can all do to help improve our air. There is a good bit of information about natural landscaping and how we can use plants to help with this goal. The site will help you start looking at ways we can help clean up the planet, starting with our own backyards and moving on into our community.

Favorite or New Plant

Coral Embers Willow
This bright spot in the winter landscape is an easily grown plant that is also readily available. The bright orange stems of Coral Embers willow (Salix alba 'Britzensis') literally glow against a backdrop of evergreens and snow. Being a willow, it grows quickly and gives the best show in winter if cut back very early in spring to about a foot tall. The shrub has the typical silvery willow leaves in summer with a rounded, slightly vase-shaped form. Grow Coral Embers willow in any soil, wet or dry, and in any conditions. Enjoy!

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