Lemongrass, Cymbopogon spp.

For a light lemony flavor, nothing beats an infusion of lemongrass, a plant used as a culinary herb in many Asian cuisines. This tropical grass can be grown in Wisconsin as an annual. To learn more about this sweet-smelling tender perennial , read this article…

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Articles on Warm Season Vegetables

Now that both the soil and air temperatures are heating up it’s time to get those warm-season crops in the ground. These are plants that originated in tropical or subtropical climates, so can’t tolerate frost, but grow like gangbusters in a warm, humid Wisconsin summer. Read about a few warm season vegetables (and one herb) in these archived articles:

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Lemon-scented Plants

If you want to add some lemon zest to your garden, but can’t grow a lemon tree, consider trying some lemon-scented herbs or other plants. Many different plants contain the same chemical compounds that give lemons their distinctive fragrance. This article covers a collection of plants that have scents suggesting lemons.

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Kew Gardens

It’s time to travel abroad to London, England to visit one of the world’s most reknowned gardens. Filled with wonderful plants and historic buildings from a bygone age, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world class horticultural destination that’s on many gardener’s travel wish lists. To learn more about this fascinating place, take a virtual tour of Kew Gardens…

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Herb of the Year 2006: Scented Geraniums

Every year the International Herb Association chooses one plant that is used as an herb to highlight. For 2006 this was scented geraniums, a group of plants that are more commonly known as flowering “annuals”. What we call garden geraniums – actually in the genus Pelargonium – are a very diverse group of tender herbaceous perennials, many of which have scented leaves used for their fragrant oils. To learn more about this interesting group of plants, read this article… 

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