Middle South

May, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Atlanta Garden Tour
The Georgia Perennial Plant Association will offer its tour, "An Intimate Tour of Atlanta Gardens," on May 5 & 6, from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, and from 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday. The event features nine gardens in Grant Park, Virginia Highlands, Brookhaven and Buckhead. The $20 tickets can be purchased online at www.georgiaperennnial.org.

Favorite or New Plant

Parsley (Petroselinum crispum), one of my favorite multi-use plants. This member of the carrot family is an ornamental a butterfly host plant, and a kitchen herb. And like the carrot, it's packed with good things, containing both vitamins A and C, as well as a good dose of niacin, riboflavin and calcium.

Parsley is pretty as well as nutritious, so it's fun to use as an ornamental. It makes a terrific edging at the front of flower beds and is easy to tuck into containers of mixed plants. The curly parsley is especially attractive, but the Italian flat-leaved type has the best flavor. Swallowtail butterflies, which lay their eggs on the plant, go for either type.

Though parsley can be started from seed, I find the process a bit tricky, so I always begin with seedlings. The herb grows best in rich, moist soil that is loose and well-drained. Though plant labels recommend full sun, a bit of afternoon shade is best in our climate.

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