Northern & Central Midwest
Favorite or New Plant
Masterwort i>Astrantia major is a lovely addition to the moist garden, rain garden or pond edge. The clumping plants have deeply cut, shiny green leaves with flower stalks up to about three feet. The blossoms are umbels of reddish florets that grow out of petal-like bracts, with some of the cultivars making quite a show. The plant grows wild in Switzerland, and will spread by runners to form large clumps if given the right conditions. Provide partial shade and moist soil for blossoms from May through July.
Clever Gardening Technique
Save Heat in That Cold Frame
Cold frame season is coming. Save two-liter soda bottles and spray them with flat black paint. Fill them with water and place them inside the cold frame. They will absorb heat during the day and give it back to the plants in a closed cold frame at night. Your plants will get a head start.