Two Feet and Tough The Grass, ‘Dwarf Fountain Grass’, Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’, is a great grass for a specimen or in mass plantings. The leaves are narrow and arch. The seed-heads resemble bottle brushes which are a rose copper bristly head. It truly gives a fountain like appearance. The mature flowers last until winter freezes shatter the seed heads! It is only 2′ tall. Ornamental Grasses are gaining in popularity all over the U.S. due to their undemanding nature and long lasting, year round beauty. There is nothing that adds such interesting forms, textures and movement to a garden, than with this diverse plant group. They can be planted along banks of ponds, incorporated into perennial gardens, grouped together, utilized as a ground cover along walkways, paths or on steep banks. They aren’t fussy about soil requirements, are drought tolerant as well as insect and disease resistant. Dwarf Fountain prefers full sun and well drained-soils. If planted in partial shade, little or no flowering will occur.
Bigger and Better Raspberries Caroline is a variety of everbearing raspberry of exceptional quality. Plant a patch to eat fresh or freeze for later. You can even make some into jams, preserves, pies, cobblers and sauce…the possibilities are endless! The new standard for fall-bearing raspberries, your Caroline has far better flavor and much larger berries, making this raspberry literally the one to pick if you’re planning a new patch. You’ll be amazed at the productivity of your Caroline when you see your plants literally laden with fruit each year. Caroline ripens in late August, producing large, conic berries with a pronounced raspberry taste well into fall. If you’re in a warmer climate you can start picking these tasty jewels as early as June. Caroline Raspberry will grow 4-6 feet in height with a 4-foot spread. It’s a hardy variety, able to fend off root rot and yellow rust better than Heritage, and that’s just for starters. It’s self-fertile, has good heat and humidity tolerance and deer tend to leave it alone. Raspberries have become increasingly popular for their nutritional and antioxidant properties. They are a rich source of vitamin C as well as being high in manganese and dietary fiber. Eat them for both taste and health…and grow Caroline for one of the best varieties available for your home. * Larger, more flavorful berries * Highly productive * Disease resistant