Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

New England

September, 2000
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Great Blue Lobelia
The great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) is a favored plant because it flowers in late summer in our garden with majestic spikes of navy to sky blue flowers that can last for a month. It's prolific, expanding with the passion of a bee balm, if left unattended.

Great blue lobelia likes a well-drained soil, part sun, and some fertility. However, it isn't picky about location since I have some growing down by our pond in an area that floods in spring. It grows consistently and steadily all summer to about 3 feet tall, showing its flowers only in August and September once all the mainstays of the perennial border have long passed. It's hardy to zone 4 and comes in a white version called 'Alba'.

Shows & Events

Magic Chinese Lanterns
You can see more than 600 Chinese lanterns lighted and on display in the Chinese Garden of the Montreal Botanical Garden from September 14 through November 5, 2000. These silk lanterns were handmade in Shanghai and highlight the twelve signs of the Chinese Zodiac. Come see floating dragons, lotus, fish, and more. They're best viewed in the dark of evening, and the gardens are open until 9 p.m. daily. Call (514) 872-1400 or visit the Web site at for more information.


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