A quick trip to Valley Gardens, TerraSalis and Green's Feed and Seed proved successful in my hunt for heuchera varieties. Each has many different, colorful plants that range from almost black to gold to chartreuse to peach to burgundy. Don't tell my husband how many I bought.
A sunny area in our garden is looking a bit static. I'm adding guara, or wand flower. These little vase-shaped plants bloom from early summer until fall and the flowers fly atop tall, airy stems. They thrive in high heat. When the wind blows, the flowers look like little butterflies floating above the plants.
I guess I'm not the first to compare the flowers with butterflies -- the two varieties I purchased recently are Blushing Butterflies (a delicate pink) and Whirling Butterflies, with dark stems and bright white flowers.
I've seen guara at the big box stores as well as at the garden centers. Another favorite.
"Spring Magic," a small standard flower show, was held March 26 at Embassy Suites in Charleston. Presented by Kanawha District and West Virginia Flower Show Judges Council, the show was sponsored by members of the National Garden Club Inc., and south Atlantic Region. Mary Lou Rader was chairwoman.
Carter Giltinan and Marion S. Jones won National Horticulture Awards of Merit. Rader won National Horticulture Awards in the arboreal section, the collector's showcase section and the award of horticulture excellence. A National Design Award, Designer's Choice, was given to Jane Lundblad.
Hurricane High flower sale
The Hurricane High School band will be holding the annual Mother's Day Flower Sale in front of the school 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 1-9. A large variety of hanging baskets will be available, along with other yard, porch and garden items. Proceeds from the sale fund band activities and equipment needs for the upcoming year.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.