Northern & Central Midwest

February, 2010
Regional Report

Web Finds

Simply Beautiful Containers

Simply Beautiful Gardens Web site
You will see the Simply Beautiful tag on many plants in garden centers, and through this Web site, they tell you exactly how to create dramatic containers. They have countless beautiful photos, and they provide diagrams according to container size as well as plant lists, and even care information. You can also use the site to do a plant search, create your own shopping list, and even locate local retailers who carry the plants you want.

Favorite or New Plant

Black Magic Taro Plant
This has become one of my favorite plants for a spectacular container display. The huge tropical leaves are the perfect centerpiece for a large pot on the patio or a container in a water garden. The deep purple, almost black, leaves are the perfect complement for papyrus, water iris and rushes in the water garden. The color combines beautifully with purples, blues, pinks, and silvers.

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