Upper South

September, 2007
Regional Report

Web Finds

Fun Project Ideas
If you have children, grandkids, nieces, or nephews with whom you'd like to share your love of gardening, go to this Fun Project Ideas Web site from Texas A&M University. There are dozens of ideas, mainly oriented to younger children, for easily accomplished projects involving plants and the garden.

Favorite or New Plant

Rose of Sharon 'Lil' Kim'
Rose of Sharon may be an old-fashioned plant, but no one can deny that it is reliable and easy to grow, plus it blooms for months from summer into fall. New hybrids make it an even better choice for the garden. The white-flowered form 'Diana' from the U.S. National Arboretum has long been a favorite of mine. For those who prefer a smaller growing plant ('Diana' reaches 10 to 15 feet), the latest news in rose of Sharons is a dwarf form that grows only 3 to 4 feet tall. Called 'Lil' Kim', it was developed by Dr. K. K. Shim, a South Korean horticulture professor who studied at the University of Illinois.

'Lil' Kim' bears full-sized white flowers with a red eye. As a bonus, the flowers last three days instead of one. A Color Choice selection, 'Lil' Kim' is available through mail-order sources now, including Park Seed, and will be widely available next spring at garden centers. For additional information, go to: http://www.colorchoiceplants.com/lilkim.htm.

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