Favorite or New Plant
'Lady in Black' Calico Aster
This calico aster (Aster lateriflorus) is an airy, lavender-blue garden delight come autumn. The cultivar 'Lady in Black' is an attractive companion plant to the ninebark cultivar sold as Coppertina (Physocarpus opulifolius 'Mindia') and the fall foliage of lacecap hydrangeas. She self seeds generously, attracts butterflies and bees, and can be pruned to stagger bloom.
Celebrate Earth Day
For some of the many ways, visit Earth Day 2011: A Billion Acts of Green. This international site is a network to connect people doing simple individual acts and larger organizational initiatives that further the goal of measurably reducing carbon emissions and supporting sustainability. NASA is celebrating with a NASA EDGE Podcast, in which the Sun Earth Day Team and Twitter followers celebrate this year's Sun Earth Day theme "Ancient Mysteries and Future Discoveries."