The standard leaf is a waxy green, though cultivars such as 'Royal Purple' and 'Velvet Cloak' have purple leaves. In the fall, leaves turn shades of red, purple, and orange.
More garden décor
On the section front today, we talk about the current popularity of garden gnomes. But it's a little family of owls that stole my heart.
Cornucopia has stone owls in many sizes that are perfect for the garden -- and they are adorable! They are made in Ohio, and they are priced from $6.50 to $24.
Hanging basket liners
Here's a great product for hanging baskets: AquaSav basket liners. Sandwiched between layers of natural coir fiber is a water-retaining liner made of 100 percent recycled post-consumer plastic. There are four sizes, from 12 inches in diameter to 18, and they run from $19.95 to $24.95 for a set of three. I found them at www.gardeners.com.
If you want a cheap alternative to the coco mat liners, go to your fabric store and buy burlap. It is inexpensive, conforms to any container, and trims easily with scissors.
Dandelions be gone!
I heard a hilarious but possibly effective tip for eradicating dandelions from your yard. Seems a fellow got tired of digging the errant sunny yellow weeds, and he didn't want to use chemicals to get rid of them. So he waited patiently until the little heads were ready to release their seeds, and he walked around the yard sucking them up with a hand-held vacuum. No seeds, no weeds.
He must not have had kids like mine -- they loved to blow those seed heads every spring, and they also loved to pick a bunch of "flowers" for Mama every summer. Weeds to some, flowers to others.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.