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National Garden Month
April is National Garden Month! Celebrate the Power of Gardening all month long with the National Gardening Association. Find events, ideas, and inspiration for gardeners, educators, and communities alike at: http://www.nationalgardenmonth.org/
More gardeners should know about the year-round ornamental value of our many easy-care, flowering trees and shrubs. These plants offer tremendous variety beyond the typical early-spring display, and can bring flowers, foliage color, structure, and texture to the garden for many months of the year. Continuous Color: A Month-by-Month Guide to Shrubs and Small Trees for the Continuous Bloom Garden, by Pam Duthie (Ball Publishing, 2004; $44.95) will open your eyes to the possibilities of planting well-chosen shrubs and small trees throughout the garden -- particularly how to use them to create a mixed border. The plant profiles -- each with a color photo and the author's personal observations and growing tips -- serve as an enticing reference guide. Cooler climate gardeners in the mid-Atlantic region will especially appreciate the inclusion of many reliable cold-hardy plants, based on the author's long-term gardening experience in the Chicago area.