Middle South

September, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Garden Conservancy's Open Days in Raleigh, North Carolina
The Garden Conservancy is partnering with the J.C. Raulston Arboretum for Open Days in Raleigh, North Carolina, on September 15 and 16. The event features five private gardens in Raleigh and the Umstead Hotel and Spa in nearby Cary, as well as the Arboretum's gardens. Visitors are invited between 9 am and 5 pm on Friday, and 12 to 5 pm on Sunday. Tickets are available in advance at the Arboretum or at each garden during the event. Garden admissions are $5 each, or purchase 6 tickets for $25. For more information, visit the Garden Conservancy website at www.gardenconservancy.org.

Favorite or New Plant

American Beautyberry
I'm thrilled to say the Callicarpa americana that was added to the garden in my last round of planting is already showcasing the vibrant magenta drupes that give the plant its common name, beautyberry.

A deciduous shrub growing up to 6 feet tall and nearly as wide, beautyberry has arching stems that bloom with tiny lilac flowers in summer and produce brilliantly colored clusters of fruits in August and September. Coarse green leaves turn yellow in autumn. The shrub grows best in broken shade and well-drained soil. It is easily propagated by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings

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