New England

June, 2012
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

'Vancouver Centennial' Geranium
I can't really play favorites among the many members of the Pelargonium clan. I think all geraniums are wonderful, from the traditional bright red zonal geraniums to the lacy-leaved scented geraniums with their delightfully fragrant foliage. But one I'm always sure to include in a container planting every year is Pelargonium x hortum 'Vancouver Centennial'. Its open heads of bright orange-red flowers are eye-catching, but its leaves are the real show. Shaped like little maple leaves, their centers are a deep rusty red accented with a bright lime border. This year I've combined 'Vancouver Centennial' in a container with upright, red-margined Dracaena marginata 'Tricolor' to echo the red tones of the its leaves, along with the cascading, lime-green licorice plant (Helichrysum petiolare) to pick up the colors of its leaf margins. This container garden will be an attractive and low maintenance addition to my landscape all season long. And if I'm ambitious enough, I can bring the dracaena indoors before frost and take cuttings of the geranium and licorice plant in late summer to carry over the winter in a sunny window for another season of easy-care color.

Clever Gardening Technique

Plant Sweet Corn in Blocks
Corn is wind-pollinated, so to make sure your corn plants produce well-filled ears, plant in blocks at least three rows deep, rather than in a longer, single row.

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