Middle South

December, 2008
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Nepeta 'Walker's Low'
Named Perennial Plant of the Year for 2007 by the Perennial Plant Association, Nepeta x faassnii 'Walker's Low' is a favorite in my garden. It's not really low-growing as the name suggests, but reaches about 3 feet high, with silvery green, aromatic foliage. The blue-purple flowers attract bees and butterflies, and with some clipping once the first flush of flowers fade, you can keep it in bloom all summer. It spreads to a wide patch so give it room and a place of prominence.

Clever Gardening Technique

Making Suet For the Birds
Save fat trimmings from meat to feed to the birds. Place pieces into a suet feeder or an empty mesh onion bag, or melt the fat and mix in some dried fruit and nuts for added nutrition. You can freeze small pieces until you have enough to work with.

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