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It starts off with a whimper. Perhaps you decide to prune a branch or two off of your pin oak because they are too close to the house. You found some dried green leaves laying in the yard and thought it was just drought and it’s only June. Or Mother Nature decides to show her force with a violent thunderstorm and knock some branches off your oak trees ...>> read “Be on the Lookout for Oak Wilt Disease”
For a shady garden, ferns can be your best bet to add architecture, texture and color. Try a few listed here in your garden and you might become a fern fanatic ...>> read “10 Favorite Ferns for the Midwest”
Plant pathologists are usually not the most imaginative bunch when naming plant diseases. For instance, the rose disease caused by the fungus Diplocarpon rosae, causes a black spot on the foliage. This disease was given the name “black spot.” Another example is the fungal organism that causes a leaf spot on strawberry. In this instance, it was given the colorful name “common leaf spot.”>> read “Thousand Cankers Disease Arrives in Pennsylvania”
Stunning plants are all well and good. What garden would be without poppies, bearded iris or cherry blossoms? With those flowers, nobody cares if their foliage is scraggly or their form leaves much to be desired. But when the flamboyant flowers are gone, every garden needs good plants that look smart all year round. Arum italicum ‘Marmoratum’ is one of the smart plants. It’s a fantastic four-season perennial with great foliage and easy-going habits ...>> read “Plant Profile Arum italicum ‘Marmoratum’”
Grow something new and tasty this year.
Does the thought of growing the same vegetable varieties you grew last year leave you a bit bored and complacent about your vegetable garden? Are you ready to try some new varieties of veggies this spring? If so, you need to start planning now so when spring arrives, you’ll be ready to try something in your garden.>> read “New and Unusual Varieties to Try” #Edibles
Mulch inhibits weeds and conserves soil moisture. However, many gardeners don’t use mulch in their vegetable beds. Here’s the lowdown on which mulches to use and how to use them. When you mention mulch, the first thought that comes to most minds is the aesthetic look of it in the landscape. A nice, dark bark mulch makes the plants in the bed standout a bit more, but mulch is more than looks ...>> read “Mulches for the Vegetable Garden”
I will never run out of plants to discuss as I love so many, but I asked my friends what they will be thinking about in January/February and in unison I heard “seeds.” So, an easy plant from seed it is — one of my favorites is Verbena bonariensis.
Neighboring gardeners with different attitudes
Here’s my pet theory. All of us gardeners fall into one of two camps: plant lovers or design doyennes. The former waxes eloquent in Latin nomenclature, often with anthropomorphic plant references while using words such as “cultural requirements” and “fastigiated branching.” The design doyennes look for the big picture in the garden and are less concerned with individual plants ...>> read “Planting By Design”
Potting soils are not all the same. It pays (literally) to pay attention to the contents.>> read “What’s in the Bag?”
Easy to grow, providing three seasons of strong interest and serving as an airy focal point in the perennial border, or in a great mass, the blue star (Amsonia hubrichtii) should be used more often in Midwestern gardens ...>> read “Blue Star” #Hot Plants
Weather in the Midwest can take its toll on plants, especially those less suited for its fluctuating conditions. Having an appealing four-season landscape often requires gardening with plants that adapt ...>> read “Growing Wild: Eight Outstanding Wildflowers for Fluctuating Climates” #Flowers
If you’re passionate about cars, you attend the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where you “See the cars today that the rest of the world will be talking about tomorrow.” To view upcoming trends in the clothing by American fashion designers, you make an appearance at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant Park in New York City. One of the best places to discover new plants is the New Varieties Showcase at the Farwest Show in Portland ...>> read “The Hottest Plants of 2012”
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