Northern & Central Midwest
University of Missouri Master Gardeners
Extension web sites can be very helpful for gathering information specific to regional conditions on all types of gardening. The University of Missouri Master Gardeners home page is quite useful for many Midwestern gardeners, and the information is delivered in a delightful, friendly way. Check out their publications on drought-tolerant landscaping.
Favorite or New Plant
Serbian spruce (Picea omorika) is a magnificent spruce that can take your breath away when you see one. The graceful, upturned branches are draped with elegantly hanging branchlets, giving it the look of a woman holding up her skirts in a curtsy. The dark green needles are white on the undersides, and the plant has coffee brown bark that peels off in long plates. Serbian spruces are extremely hardy, asking only for a site with full sun and good drainage. This narrow pyramidal beauty is certainly a plant worth adding to your landscape.