Northern & Central Midwest

July, 2009
Regional Report

Web Finds

Brent and Becky's Bulbs
Brent and Becky's Bulbs have a Web site where they not only sell amazing bulbs, but they have amazing information and tips for growing and combining the plants. You have to check out the video, "Strolling Through a Late Summer Garden." Brent talks about all types perennial and bulb combinations that are magnificent in the late summer. It's a great source to tips to plan your fall shopping.

Favorite or New Plant

Wood Spurge
Euphorbia amygdaloides var. Robbiae is a new love of mine. The beautiful dark glossy leaves are perennial in a sheltered location, and then in late winter to early spring, the plant sends up 8-inch flower stalks with chartreuse bracts that are beautifully set off against the dark green foliage. Since the "blossoms" are actually bracts, the show lasts a long time. When they finally begin to look ragged, simply cut them off and you still have the cushions of attractive foliage. The plant grows best in full sun in northern areas and dappled shade in southern areas. It needs well-drained soil, as with any euphorbia, and performs best when protected from winter winds. It will spread, but is easily kept in bounds by simply removing unwanted stems.

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