Most plants like to dry out between watering, especially in the winter.
I ordered online a Jasmine topiary for an aunt in Florida from Jackson & Perkins this week, and I took advantage of a one-day free-shipping coupon that I had received. Imagine my dismay when they still tacked on a $3 "fuel fee." I wonder if any of the other gardening supply places are passing this cost along to the buyers.
Butterfly bushes that don't bolt
I'm thinking spring, making a list of plants I want to include in my new beds. While I love butterfly bushes, it seems like the ones I have planted have sent seeds everywhere, and now I'm pulling the plants out of unwanted places.
Helen Yoest, a member of the board of advisors of the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, N.C., recently wrote an interesting letter to Horticulture Magazine. The publication had carried a story about butterfly bushes, and Yoest noted that while the bushes are wonderful for attracting butterflies, they are often invasive. Actually, she was quite polite (love that Southern charm!) as she noted, "Parts of North Carolina deal with the exuberance of some Buddleia species." That's a nice word for potentially invasive.
Yoest suggested alternative plants. "'Blue Chip' was developed by Dr. Denuis Werner, director of the JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University and a plant breeder in the NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Science. An unusual dwarf butterfly bush, 'Blue Chip' is a very, very low seed setter. As such, it is unlikely it will produce unwanted seedlings. 'Blue Chip,' along with 'Miss Ruby,' a pink dwarf and also a very low seed setter, are the first to be introduced as part of the Lo and Behold plant series through Proven Winners."
Put these on your short list to pick up this spring!
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 348-1249.