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Adding Individuality to the Garden

A garden contains a collection of plants chosen for the location and the role they are to play, but a garden can be much more. It can become an expression of shared memories created over a lifetime – a picture of things that have been important to you. Most residential gardens are obviously personal. However, it can be fun and constructive to review how your garden has evolved and consider what personal touches you might add ...

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No More Boring Spring Borders

Spring-blooming bulbs fill in the otherwise flowerless perennial bed with tufts of fabulous foliage and flower color. If your perennial border is boring until May, add some bulbs now — fall is the time to plant them.

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Bringing Natives into Your Landscape

Incorporating native plants into your garden doesn’t mean that the space will look wild and messy. Here are some neat natives to add for a sophisticated pop of color and texture.

Too often, lost in the growing passion to use native plants in the garden, is the fact that they are also perfectly at home blended in with other ornamental plants in the landscape ...

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Divine Intervention: Un-holey Containers Provide Freedom from Watering

Watering containers becomes a boring chore when the dog days of summer roll around. Who wants to be lugging hoses and watering cans when it’s blistering hot? Those containers we enjoyed planting in the spring have flourished under our good care. Roots have swelled to fill the pots and foliage and flowers spill over the edges. Sure, they look pretty, but those big root systems and extensive foliage and flowers now require water — lots of water ...

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Summer Stunner

About 12 years ago, I began adding plants to newly created ornamental garden beds in my backyard. This is an area in full sun and has mostly dry soil, except in spring when it can sometimes have standing water for the better part of a day. It’s an area that has proved ideal for growing boltonia ...

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Tool Time
The Best Tools for the Vegetable Gardener

What tools are the ‘must haves’ for the serious gardener? Which tools might make good holiday gifts? Here are a few recommendations.

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10 Stunning Plants for Dazzling Effects

Like many ornamental gardeners, it took me a while to warm up to annuals due to their expense and the fact that they have to be purchased every year. Once I got out of the comfort zone of traditional petunias and impatiens and started exploring what I call “temperannuals,” I haven’t looked back! Here are 10 favorites that will truly make your containers and beds sizzle ...

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Spring-Blooming Plants, Shrubs and Trees for Early Pollinators

This is the time when we feel most alive and our senses seem to be in overdrive. It’s the promise of renewal and awakening. Spring has finally arrived ...

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Tough as Nails

What does your garden have to offer? Wet soil? Dry? Shade? Standing water? Here are some plants that will be happy there. With temperatures that can range from minus 30 to 105 F, the climate in the upper Midwest is a meteorological marvel. Alaska may be colder, but it can’t match us for heat. Saudi Arabia is hotter but rarely sees snow (yes, really; who knew?), let alone a thermometer that plummets to the depths familiar to all of us ...

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Northern Crapemyrtle
The Summer Show Can Extend Well Beyond the South

As I skimmed through some of the State-by-State Gardening Midwest magazines, it occurred to me that readers in Northern states, for example in Zones 6 and 5 and in even especially warm spots in Zone 4, can, if done properly, grow crepemyrtle (Lagerstroemia indica). I have a test plot in Ft. Atkinson, Wis., and have had crapemyrtle surviving, growing and flowering the last three years. The first year the plants grew ...

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Small Spring-Flowering Trees

This is the time of year when you notice all the blooming trees — they just seem to pop out of the landscape. Maybe it is time you added one or two (or all of them!) to your garden.

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A Plan to Cram

Getting as many veggies into a raised bed—throughout the short Midwest growing season—is a quest for many gardeners. What goes where, when and why when stuffing raise beds with vegetables and herbs?

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