Upper South

June, 2007
Regional Report

Web Finds

Clematis On The Web
From Hull University in Great Britain comes Clematis on the Web, and A to Z site where you can search the database of 3,165 varieties of clematis. There are more than 2,940 photographs. Each variety listed has a very complete description of the plant, including how to prune, and often has a link to more information. There are also instructions for pruning clematis and links to other clematis Web sites.

Favorite or New Plant

Brookside Geranium
Perhaps it's because they repeat the color of the sky, or maybe it's their rarity, but blue flowers have a special appeal to many gardeners. Among the easiest to grow is the hardy geranium 'Brookside'. Derived from a cross between Geranium pratense and Geranium clarkei 'Kashmir Purple', 'Brookside' has a better blue flower color than 'Johnson's Blue', the standard-bearer for blue, hardy geraniums. The flowers, 1 to 2 inches across, are nearly sapphire blue with creamy white centers, and they bloom from May through midsummer, then again from early fall until frost, especially if the plants are cut back and watered in August. The finely textured foliage form mounds and turns red-orange in the fall. What really make 'Brookside' special is that it's very adaptable, hardy (Zones 4-8), and generally pest-free, plus it handles drought well once established. Grow in full sun to partial shade. Plants will grow 20 to 24 inches tall and spread to 28 inches.

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