Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

New England

August, 2005
Regional Report

Web Finds

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

Tall Ageratum
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.


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