Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Upper South

October, 2011
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Herbs for Healthy Living
The Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden/Research and Education Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is host to herbalist Jeremy John Myers who will lecture at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 29, 2011, on boosting health with herbal blends. At noon and 2 p.m., Myers will lead visitors along the Cross Timbers Trail at the Center where he will identify various plants and tell how they were used by Native Americans. Admission is free. For more information, visit the website of the Center at

Favorite or New Plant

Lo & Behold 'Blue Chip' Butterfly Bush
If you've become cynical about the words, "new and improved," then let your jaded self believe once more in what is true, not just hype. Lo & Behold 'Blue Chip' butterfly bush, a Proven Winner ColorChoice selection, is a great addition to the world of garden plants. Instead of growing to the usual 6 feet or taller of most butterfly bush varieties, 'Blue Chip' remains under 3 feet, making it ideal for smaller gardens, flower borders, and containers. Also, unlike many other butterfly bush varieties, it does not re-seed, so it will not become invasive. Fortunately, it retains many of the positive qualities, such as blooming continuously from mid-summer until frost, heat and drought tolerance, deer resistance, sweet-scented blue flowers, and, of course, attracting butterflies plus hummingbirds. To grow 'Blue Chip', choose a site with at least six hours of sun a day and well-drained soil. Trim it back to 1 foot in early spring, then wait patiently, as it is slow to begin growing in spring. Once it takes off, though, it will delight you from summer through fall.


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