Upper South

August, 2010
Regional Report

Books

Growing Berries
Berries both taste good and are good for you. They can be expensive to buy but easy to grow. If you feel like you need a little "hand holding" with berry culture, a good place to begin is with Barbara L. Bowling's The Berry Grower's Companion (Timber Press, 2005, $19.95). The book covers the general principles of growing berries, including using them in the landscape, then profiles strawberries, the bramble crops, blueberries, grapes, and a handful of lesser-known berries. Among the most valuable information in this book are the lists of varieties for different regions.

Favorite or New Plant

'Hearts of Gold' Redbud
Yellow-leaved plants are ones that you are either drawn to or turned off by. Personally, I liken them to rays of sunshine in the garden. Among my favorites is 'Hearts of Gold' redbud. A form selected from our native redbud (Cercis canadensis), 'Hearts of Gold' provides bright yellow new growth all season long and is burn-resistant, even in full sun. The leaves do mature to dark green, but the new growth is always yellow. It is perfect as a specimen plant, or combine it with blue-flowered shrubs, like caryopteris. A vigorous plant, 'Hearts of Gold' will grow to 10 feet in the first five years.

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