Avant Gardener – 111212

This week’s show explains how to save trees and shrubs after they suffer storm damage, also describing the kinds of tools needed to prune every kind of woody plant from a tree trunk to broken branches, and even those that are out of normal reach. Our guest is Glenn Stokes, president of Stokes Tropicals, discussing ways to fruit a banana tree indoors. He also describes two hardy ornamental banana trees including one with large yellow flowers the size of a lotus that will remain in bloom for three months.Additionally, we alert listeners to our award-winning on-line newsletter (http://avantgardener.info) which provides a photograph and description of an amazining new hardy lavender called ‘Phenomenal’ that produces deep blue flowers and will survive in gardens from the Canana border to Georgia.