Upper South

May, 2012
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Bottlebrush Buckeye
One of the most spectacular of our native shrubs, bottlebrush buckeye (Aesculus parviflora) is covered in upright, 8- to 12-inch-long clusters of tiny white flowers from late spring through early summer, whether in shade or sun. Later in the summer, large seeds form, which, if planted immediately, will sprout next spring, giving your more plants for the garden. Bottlebrush buckeye forms a rounded, mounding shrub 8 to 12 feet tall and wide, spreading slowly by suckers.The compound leaves are composed of five to seven 3- to 8-inch-long leaflets and turn golden in the fall. Although widely adaptable, bottlebrush buckeye grows best in evenly moist, well-drained soil. It is hardy to -30 degrees F.

Clever Gardening Technique

Mow High
As temperatures go up and moisture goes down, the best way to maintain the health of your lawn is to mow the grass at a high level, or about 3 inches. Leave the grass clippings on the lawn. If they are clumped in places, gently rake to remove them.

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