Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Upper South

August, 2006
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Adrian Bloom Garden Installation, Lecture, and Plant Sale
Famed British plantsman and garden designer Adrian Bloom has designed a new garden area for Yew Dell Gardens in Crestwood, Kentucky. Mr. Bloom will be at Yew Dell for the garden installation on Friday, September 8, 2006. Volunteers are welcome to participate anytime between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., and they will receive a commemorative T-shirt. To make arrangements to attend, call the volunteer coordinator, JoAnne Fischer at (502) 241-4788; or e-mail: Plants will be on sale.

On Saturday, September 9, 2006, there will be a luncheon followed by a lecture from Mr. Bloom, then a tour of the grounds and an exclusive plant sale. The cost for this event is $75 for Yew Dell members and $85 for nonmembers. To make reservations, call (502) 241-4788.

Favorite or New Plant

Summer Phlox
Summer-blooming phlox (Phlox paniculata), with its large flowerheads in shades of pink, lavender, and white, is a staple of the summer flower garden. Unfortunately, many of the cultivars developed over the years are susceptible to mildew. There are newer varieties that are more resistant, but over the years I've found that the wild form, with its bright pink flowers, seldom has problems and grows with very little effort on my part. Native to fertile meadows from New York to Illinois and south to Missouri, Arkansas, and Georgia, summer phlox forms stiff clumps of 3- to 4-foot stems covered with pointed, dark-green leaves. Although evenly moist, fertile soil in full sun to light shade and good air circulation is ideal for summer phlox, the native form is much more adaptable to hot, dry conditions in both sun and shade. Summer phlox readily self-sows so you'll soon have them scattered about the garden. This can be quite charming, but if not desired, remember to deadhead. The most vigorous seedlings that survive best will be the wild form.


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