Middle South

July, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Speaking of Gardening Symposium
The 2012 Speaking of Gardening Symposium at the NC Arboretum, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, August 24th and 25th, will feature speakers Mike Buffin, Gardens and Parks Advisor for The National Trust, United Kingdom; Takayuki Kobayashi, Kobayashi Nursery, Japan; Jenks Farmer, Horticulturist and Nurseryman, Moore Farms Botanical Garden, SC; and Rita Pelczar, Author and Proprietor of Blue Ridge Hops Organic Farm, NC. The two day program fee is $145 for members and $170 for the public. The event includes seven lectures, program materials, two lunches and snacks, and a live and silent auction. Space is limited. To register call the Arboretum at (828) 665-2492 or visit the Web site at www.ncarboretum.org.

Favorite or New Plant

Little Lime Hydrangea
I've long been a fan of 'Limelight' hydrangea (H. paniculata 'Limelight') for its beautiful and reliable lime green flowers, as well as its easy care. A relatively new dwarf form, Little Lime™ (H. paniculata 'Jane'), promises to be equally beautiful and successful.

Little Lime grows to 3-5 feet tall, or roughly half the size of 'Limelight'. The shrub is deciduous, hardy in Zones 3-9, and blooms on new wood from midsummer to frost. Flower color is not affected by soil pH. Like the larger hydrangea, its flowers gradually change from green to pink as the flowers fade. The blooms make lovely bouquets, fresh or dried.

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