Northern & Central Midwest

May, 2001
Regional Report


Growing and Using Herbs in the Midwest
Growing and Using Herbs in the Midwest: A Regional Guide for Home Gardeners by Rosemary Divock (Amherst Press, 1996; $19) is a lovely, chatty book with month-by-month instructions for growing herbs, decorating and gift ideas, and culinary uses. It includes some wonderful recipes as well as information about making herb vinegars and dream pillows

Favorite or New Plant

Rugosa rose 'Fru Dagmar Hastrup'
Although rugosa roses are as common as pennies, since they perform so well in my garden I consider them one of my best landscape roses. I've found certain selections better adapted to my growing conditions than others. 'Fru Dagmar Hastrup' is a 3- to 4-foot tall, rounded shrub with very fragrant, repeat blooming flowers. The blossoms are delicate pink with obvious yellow stamens, followed by huge showy red hips. The summer foliage is deep shiny green, turning to bright orange-red in fall. It's a shrub that gives me three seasons of show and one I wouldn't live without in my garden.

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