Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

New England

October, 2008
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Drumstick Allium
I'll never be without drumstick alliums (Allium sphaerocephalon) in my garden. Their purplish blue flower heads are smaller than most ornamental alliums, at about 2 inches in diameter, but they still make a wonderful showing if they are massed. It's hard to imagine how their thin stalks that rise about 1-1/2 to 2 feet high can support anything, but in flower they happily sway in the strongest breezes. They come back year after year without declining, but I manage to find a new place to plant some every year anyway.

Tool or Gardening Product

At a recent gardening symposium I found my new favorite tool: the PotLifter. This ingenious strapping with handles snugs around a heavy pot, a big rock, bale of hay, or other heavy and bulky item, and makes lifting it possible without causing a backache. It allows two people to get a good grip and move the object with relative ease. Well worth $27.95, For info, go to:


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