Middle South

March, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Bringing Nature Home
The South Carolina Botanical Garden, located in Clemson, will offer an evening program by Doug Tallamy, Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at University of Delaware, on Saturday, March 17, at 6 pm in the Strom Thurmond Institute Auditorium. Tallamy, author of the award-winning book, Bringing Nature Home, makes a compelling case for the value of native plants to indigenous wildlife, as well as the role of insects as crucial components of food webs. The program is free, but registration is required via the Web site at www.clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/calendar.html.

Favorite or New Plant

'Georgia Blue' Speedwell
A favorite in my previous garden, I was thrilled to find 'Georgia Blue' speedwell (Veronica umbrosa) recently at a big box store. In full bloom, with a plethora of tiny, vivid blue blooms atop its 3-inch stems of dark green foliage, it sparkled like a sapphire among the gaudy pots of yellow and orange daffodils.

Native to the Republic of Georgia, this cheerful groundcover blooms from February to April in the Middle South. In the landscape, it makes a thick, weed-defying mat that hugs the ground and billows over the edge of borders and retaining walls.

'Georgia Blue' is tough and versatile, growing in sun or part shade, and will even withstand periods of drought once established. Like most plants, however, it prefers moist, humus-rich soil with good drainage.

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