Northern & Central Midwest

April, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Missouri Botanical Garden Herb Days
If you truly love herbs or are looking for a little information and tasting, check out Missouri Botanical Garden's Herb Days on April 26-28, 2012. Hours are Thursday, noon to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Herb Society will offer a wide selection of potted fresh herbs, including new and hard-to-find varieties. The Society's popular cookbook, periodicals, and curry powder will also be available. Herb Society members will give demonstrations and guidance on selecting, planting, growing and using herbs. For more information, visit www.mobot.org or call 314-577-5100.

Favorite or New Plant

Vinca 'Jams 'N Jellies Blackberry'
Even the name will make you drool. I've never been a great fan of annual periwinkle, mostly because the flower colors left me cold. But the 2012 All America Selection (AAS) Flower Award winner, Vinca 'Jams 'N Jellies Blackberry' (Catharanthus roseus) is one I have to try. The blossoms are dark velvety purple that look almost black, with tiny white eyes which give a lovely contrast. And, most appealing, these plants are drought tolerant and heat tolerant. They take over after the violas and pansies give out and thrive through the dog days of August. The plants grow on only about a foot tall and are perfect for that hot, sunny bed.

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