Middle South

December, 2011
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Greenville Master Gardener Symposium
The Greater Greenville Master Gardeners of South Carolina will host their eleventh annual symposium, The Exuberant Garden, on February 11, 2012. Featured speakers include Chip Callaway, celebrated garden designer; Elizabeth Dean, plant expert and owner of Wilkerson Mill Gardens; and Rodney Eason, Display Leader at Longwood Gardens. The event will be held at the Carolina First Center from 8 am to 3:30 pm. Lunch and parking are included in the ticket price of $60 ($65 after December 31). To download a brochure, visit the GGMG Web site at www.greatergreenvillemastergardener.org.

Favorite or New Plant

Blue Fescue
I'm a big fan of ornamental grasses, but now that I've moved to a shady garden, my space for sun-loving plants is limited. When I opened a box of test plants from Santa Rosa Gardens this past spring, however, I knew I would make room for Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue', a small, clumping grass with spiky, powdery blue foliage that grows just 6 to 12-inches tall. I'm glad I did. This fescue earned its keep throughout summer months by skipping from one ornamental container garden to the next and never had a partner it didn't cozy up to.

This variety is touted as more durable and longer-lived than most others, and is resistant to deer, drought, and frost. 'Elijah Blue' prefers full sun, drier conditions, and poor to moderately fertile soil. In addition to containers, it's also recommended as an edging and for rock gardens and coastal climates. Divide every few years to maintain vigor and color.

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