Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

New England

February, 2008
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Sea Holly
The metallic sheen on the blue flowers and stems of sea holly (Eryngium maritimum) enhance any perennial bed and are a conversation starter in bouquets. The spiny, thistle-like flowers rise above holly-shaped leaves for an overall height of 24 to 30 inches. As the name implies, sea hollies are native to maritime regions and prefer a sandy, well-drained soil. Use raised beds if planting in clay-rich soils. Note that the plant has a deep taproot and resists transplanting.

Shows & Events

New England Spring Flower Show
If you've never been to the New England Spring Flower Show in Boston, it's time to treat yourself. If you've been before, treat yourself again. Submerse yourself in heady fragrance, bold colors, and lush foliage and pretend it's not cold and dreary outside. The Show runs March 8 to 16 at Bayside Expo Center. Tony Avent, owner of Plant Delights Nursery; photographer Rick Darke; Amy Stewart, author of Plant Confidential; landscape architect Julie Moir Messervy; Paul Tukey, author of The Organic Lawn Care Manual, and many more will be speaking. For info and to purchase tickets, go to:


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