Favorite or New Plant
Carol Mackie Daphne
If you're searching for a distinctive small shrub with winter fragrance, Daphne burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie' is an outstanding choice. It has small, semi-evergreen leaves that are edged with gold. The variegation makes the shrub's rounded form appear to glow softly all season long. Although worth growing just for its foliage, 'Carol Mackie' also puts on an impressive flower show, covering itself in late winter with fragrant, white, star-shaped blossoms showing just the slightest hint of pink.
Because it is small, it's an especially useful shrub in the garden. At a mature height of about 4 feet with an equal spread, it makes a beautiful and unusual companion for perennials in a mixed border. I have them planted under windows along the foundation of my house where they thrive without pruning or extra care.
Clever Gardening Technique
Sticky Traps for Indoor Pests
If you and your plants are bothered by the hordes of tiny, flying black gnats that hang around houseplants and newly emerging seedlings, you can control these pests with a simple homemade recipe. Make your own sticky traps by using bright yellow, 3- by 5-inch index cards, smearing them with petroleum jelly, and propping them up around your plants. Adult flies are drawn to the bright yellow color, land, and become hopelessly stuck on the surfaces of the cards. Replace as needed. It really works!