Middle South

October, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Community Gardening Symposium
A Community Gardening Symposium will be held at Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville, South Carolina, on Saturday, November 3rd. The day-long event, sponsored by consortium of local organizations, will offer educational programs, including Dr. David Bradshaw of Clemson University speaking on heirloom vegetables, as well as vendors and a tour of the Living History Farm. To register, go to the website of Gardening for Good at ggardeningforgood.com/get_involved/events/.

Favorite or New Plant

Blue Muffin Viburnum
The first time I saw 'Blue Muffin' viburnum (V. dentatum), I was blown away by the intense blue berries of this Proven Winners introduction. The fruits are held above the shrub's handsome, deeply veined and serrated leaves, which makes them especially striking. Lacy white flowers, formed in flat-topped cymes, precede fruits in late April or May.

The rounded, deer-resistant shrub grows 3 to 5-feet tall and nearly as wide. Berries attract birds but are not edible. Fall foliage is orange to burgundy. 'Chicago Luster' is listed as best pollinator.

Grow 'Blue Muffin' in full sun to part shade. This viburnum species prefers regular moisture but is tolerant of a wide range of soils, as well as some drought when established.

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