June, 2003
Regional Report

Add Fragrance

Scented flowers bring intrigue to the garden. Roses, lilacs, lily of the valley, and honeysuckle are familiar perfume fragrances and you can also grow fragrant Oriental lilies, tropical jasmine, Cestrum, night-blooming nicotiana and moonflower vine (Ipomoea alba), dianthus, night-scented stock (Matthiola bicornis), sweet alyssum, sweet peas, and fragrant-flowered herbs such as lavender.

Be on the Aphid Alert

Extra rain has made many plants grow unusually lush. Tender growing tips are favorite spots for aphids -- soft-bodied sucking insects. Knock them off with a spray of water from the garden hose. Severe infestations can be treated with insecticidal soap (read and follow the label instructions) or simply wait for ladybugs to appear and eat them up.


To convert lawn space into a growing area, start now. Mow the grass short. Cover it with damp newspaper about five sheets thick, overlapping the edges. Top that with about six inches of mixed organic materials: grass clippings, finely shredded bark, straw, pine needles, chopped leaves, compost, whatever is available. Add plants this September.

Consult an Arborist for Tree Trouble

Trees are a long-term investment. Monitor your trees regularly so you notice pruning, pest, or disease issues early. Most of us lack the expertise to diagnose problems accurately and don\'t have the specialized equipment required to do needed work safely and effectively. So, if you suspect a tree is in trouble, consult with a professionally trained and certified arborist.

Grow Container Herbs

Many culinary herbs grow beautifully in containers, allowing you to bring their flavor and fragrance up close. A container by the kitchen door enables you to quickly snip a little of this or that for cooking or garnish. Chives, parsley, oregano, thyme, basil, rosemary, lemongrass, and French tarragon all grow well in containers.

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