Favorite or New Plant
The proof of any homegrown strawberry is in the tasting, but dependability counts, too. The one variety name that comes up again and again when I talk with gardeners and extension specialists throughout the region is 'Cardinal'. Developed at the University of Arkansas, 'Cardinal' is a medium-sized berry that produces in late spring over a period of three to four weeks. It's resistant to the worst foliar diseases, and best of all, 'Cardinal' tastes great.
Violas are phenomenal winter bloomers for our region, and they reseed, too! For the best new varieties and proof that they outperform pansies, see the field trial results of winter annuals from North Carolina State University at www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/floriculture/wpb99/wpb99.htm.