No More Pronunciation Quandaries
When it comes to pronouncing the botanical names of plants, it's easy to put the accent on the wrong syl-LA-ble. The botanical dictionary on the Dave's Garden site can help. No more will you ask for "cotton-Easter" when you mean "Kot-on-ee-ASS-ter" (cotoneaster) or "klem-AT-is" when you mean "KLEM-a-tis" (clematis).
Favorite or New Plant
Since I first grew the 2-foot-tall annual ageratum, Ageratum 'Blue Horizon', several years ago, I haven't passed a summer without it. With the same fuzzy, periwinkle blue flowers as the short bedding ageratum, this taller variety blends beautifully with most every color flower and foliage. It spreads to a nice, sizeable clump and blooms nonstop all season. It prefers a sunny spot with medium to rich soil.