Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

New England

May, 2009
Regional Report

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5 A Day for Better Health
A program of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Fruits and Veggies Matter Web site provides a wealth of information on healthy eating, including recipes and detailed information on the nutrients and calories in common, and not-so-common, fruits and vegetables.

Favorite or New Plant

Black Lace Elderberry
Black Lace elderberry (Sambucus nigra 'Eva') sports finely cut, purple-black foliage, creating a perfect backdrop for brightly colored flowers. Left unpruned, the shrub grows 6 to 8 feet tall, but it can be kept smaller with regular trimming. It can also be trained to a tree form. In June, Black Lace produces pink flower clusters with a slight lemony scent. The flowers are followed by edible fruit. Dramatic foliage, adaptable form, beautiful and fragrant flowers, and edible fruit. What more could you ask for in a shrub?

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