Coastal and Tropical South
Longue Vue House and Gardens
If you have ever visited New Orleans, hopefully you've been to Longue Vue on quaintly named Bamboo Road. The classical revival home and eight acres of gardens built pre-World War II by philanthropists Edgar and Edith Stern is an excellent example of four-season garden color. What you may not know is that Longue Vue's location is very close to the 17th Street Canal, where the levee broke following Hurricane Katrina. The Vue's trees suffered "significant tree damage" according to its executive director Bonnie Goldblum, but whether there was water damage was unknown when she was interviewed for an article posted by the Associated Press on September 7, 2005. Take a look at their site, and come back for updates as the Big Easy climbs back.
Favorite or New Plant
If you like the flowers that seem to pop up overnight after a rainstorm, look for zephyranthes or rain lily bulbs in stores and online this month. Plant anytime before the end of the year, then look for the grassy clumps in spring. Flowers seem to be more abundant as summer wears on. Get Z. candida for white flowers or Z. grandiflora for pretty pink. These natives of Central and South America rather resemble crocus, and the pink ones open slowly all morning, then close back up in late afternoon.