Northern & Central Midwest
The hardest part of designing a perennial garden is deciding what combinations to use. Take Two Plants: The Gardener's Complete Guide to Companion Planting, by Nicola Ferguson (Contemporary Books, 1998; $28), offers great suggestions along with good photos of the plants being used together. Now there is no excuse for not designing that border for next spring!
Parents with small children or pets sometimes wonder which house plants are poisonous if eaten. Although most pose no danger to children or animals, parents should be aware of a few. The Cornell University's Poisonous Plants page (www.ansci.cornell.edu/plants/plants.html) shows the culprits and describes the reactions to watch for if anyone ingests a leaf.