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AAS winners include four new flowers

published online: 12/24/2009

In dog shows the winner is hailed as "Best in Show." In the plant world the "best in show" in new flowers and vegetable ... Read More
Plant of the year looks good, easy to grow

published online: 11/20/2009

The Perennial Plant Association has chosen Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis) as the 2010 Perennial Plant of the Yea ... Read More
Dwarf conifers add interest to winter landscape

published online: 10/8/2009

If you're looking for four-season, low maintenance, attractive and useful plants for your landscape, dwarf conifers may ... Read More
Annuals need pinching, feeding

published online: 7/16/2009

About this time of year flowering annuals, such as petunias and impatiens, begin to look a little leggy and flowering be ... Read More
Gardens start to pay off in June

published online: 6/27/2009

June is what you might call a payoff month in the landscape. It is a time when the work load is a bit lighter and the pl ... Read More
Put award-winning ornamental grass in shade garden

published online: 2/12/2009

The Perennial Plant Association has chosen Hakonechloa macra "Aureola" as its 2009 Perennial Plant of the Year. The pla ... Read More
It's excellent planting time for trees, flowers

published online: 8/23/2008

We think of spring as the traditional planting season here in the Midwest. However, late summer and early fall is also a ... Read More
Diversify tree species to avoid spread of disease

published online: 5/3/2008

The rapid advance of the emerald ash borer in the upper Midwest (Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois) is causing the de ... Read More
Fall planting has advantages

published online: 5/3/2008

Fall is just a few days away and the subject of fall tree and shrub planting always comes up. Is it really wise to plant ... Read More
Show your indoor plants some respect

published online: 5/3/2008

Winter is a good time to spruce up your houseplants. Pity our poor houseplants. Many of us water our indoor plants, fer ... Read More
Bring some spring indoors by forcing flowering branches

published online: 2/6/2008

Winter days in the upper Midwest can be brutal, gloomy, difficult and dull -- this winter ranks right up there. A good w ... Read More
Pineapple plant is fun home project

published online: 2/6/2008

Pineapple plant is fun home project for winter Here's a fun winter project. Let's start a pineapple plant of your own ... Read More
Pineapple plant is fun home project

published online: 1/11/2008

Pineapple plant is fun home project for winter Here's a fun winter project. Let's start a pineapple plant of your own ... Read More
There's more to holiday plants than poinsettias

published online: 9/28/2007

The poinsettia is the queen of holiday plants. However, there are other plants worthy of consideration this time of year ... Read More
Fall planting has advantages

published online: 9/26/2007

Fall is just a few days away and the subject of fall tree and shrub planting always comes up. Is it really wise to plant ... Read More

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