Hakone Grass

Plant Name:  Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold ’Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold _
Common name:  Japanese Forest Grass ‘All Gold’ or Hakone grass
Plant type:  Ornamental grass
Height: 15- 18 inches
Spread:   24  inches
Flowers: Yellow-green
Bloom Time: July & August
Exposure:  Part Shade
Soil Requirements: Humus, well draining
Water Needs: Moist & Regular
Attributes:   Colorful golden yellow leaves
Note:   Tolerates Black Walnut
Uses:  Containers,  Woodland Gardens,  Accent Plant, Walkways, Slopes, Shaded Rock Gardens, Naturalize
Native to:  Central Japan
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-9


Master Gardener: Class

JCMGA-logo-color.pngEdible and Useful Native Plants

Native plants are easier to grow and better for the local environment than many cultivated varieties. In this class, students will learn about all of the edible or useful native plants that they could incorporate into their landscape.

Erin Krenzer, Master Gardener

Class Saturday March 24th 1-3pm
Pre-register & pay at least 24 hrs in advance $ 10.00
At the Door $ 15.00

OSU Extension Auditorium
569 Hanley Rd
Central Point, OR 97502

Register online at:  http://jacksoncountymga.org/evrplus_registration/?action=evrplusegister&event_id=45

Spotted Bee Balm

Plant Name:  Monarda punctatamonarda punctuta
Common name:  Spotted Bee Balm
Plant type: Herbaceous perennial
Height: 2 feet
Spread:   1 foot
Bloom Time:  June – July
Flower Color:  Yellow with purple spots
Exposure:  Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil Requirements: Well-drained Average to dry soils
Water Needs: Medium
Attributes:   Showy Flowers. Fragrant leaves. Deer tolerant. Attracts beneficial insects. Fairly tolerant of poor soils & drought.
Note:   Spreads by runners to form clumps, but not too aggressive. Needs air flow to prevent powdery mildew.
Uses:  Cut Flowers, Cottage Gardens, Perennial Gardens, Herb Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Natural/Wild Gardens.
Native to: Eastern United States & Canada
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Growing Milkweed

I found a foolproof way to grow milkweed starts from seed.  Last year I had a 100% yield


Oregon Native Milkweed – John Day, Oregon

on 3 different kinds of milkweed. (Seedlings are pictured on the second page of newsletter)

Click to download newsletter with instructions: Starting_Milkweed_RockbirdGardens

For anyone interested, I’ll be giving a presentation at the offices of the Pollinator Project in Phoenix, Oregon, on March 10th. “Planning and Growing a Butterfly Garden” 

Best regards,
Robin McKenzie
Rockbird Gardens