Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Mid-Atlantic

March, 2011
Regional Report

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Abigails Herbs Blog
Abigail's Herbs offers many ways to enjoy herbs. Have tired feet? Abigail's refreshing, soothing suggestions include soaking in bergamot oil and lemon slices or Epson salts and orange slices or lavender oil. Interested in healthy reasons to eat chocolate? Abigail sites scientific studies about the benefits of flavonoids in cocoa and how dark chocolate lowers stress. The site is easy to navigate. The blog entries are informative, engaging, and include research sources.

Favorite or New Plant

Arkansas Blue Star
Arkansas blue star (Amsonia hubrichtii) is the Perennial Plant Association's 2011 Perennial Plant of the Year. This three-season native has three- to five-inch clusters of blue star-shaped flowers in spring. Through the summer, amsonia's feathery, light green foliage is soft contrast in an ornamental bed. Come fall, amsonia's threadlike leaves turn a strikingly handsome golden-yellow.

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