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Articles on Yellow Flowers

Yellow is a warm color that brings brightness and cheer into the landscape. Yellow flowers come in all shades from a soft butter color to brassy gold. Read about a few plants with yellow in their common name or with early-season yellow flowers in these archived articles:

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Virginia waterleaf, Hydrophyllum virginianum

With attractive flowers and foliage, Virginia waterleaf is an herbaceous perennial of moist deciduous forests that blooms a little later than most spring-blooming wildflowers in woodlands. The common name comes from the variable markings on the leaves which resemble water spots. Learn more about this native plant in this article…

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Serviceberry, Amalanchierspp.

If you’re looking for a small tree with attractive white blossoms in spring and small fruits that can be food for animals or humans, consider one of several species of serviceberry. There are a number of plants in the genus Amalanchier that are graceful trees or shrubs that can provide year-round ornamental interest in the landscape. To learn more, read this article…

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Articles on Spring Pests

It’s not only spring flowers and new leaves that emerge this time of year. Plenty of pests also show up to torment gardeners. Read about a few of these that are common early in the growing season in these archived articles:

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Sawflies

Sawflies are a group insects related to wasps that get their common name from the saw-like appearance of the ovipositor, which females use to cut slits in stems or leaves to lay their eggs. The plant-feeding larvae often look like caterpillars or slugs, and many are quite noticeable because they often stay together to feed in groups and quickly cause noticeable defoliation on their hosts. Learn more about sawflies in this article…

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Plants Plus: Legumes

One in the Plants Plus Series – a remix of past training presentations, printed materials and other references focused on specific plants or topics to help you increase your knowledge so you can better answer homeowner questions. To get 2 hours of continuing education credit for watching and reading this package of information, just complete the short quiz! This Plants Plus package focuses on members of the legume family.

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Articles About Tender Perennials Grown as Annuals

There are many plants we think of as “annuals” in the Midwest that really would be perennial in mild climates. These plants are relatively fast-growing, flowering readily from seed in a single season or easily vegetatively propagated so they can be offered for sale ready to bloom during our growing season. Learn more about a few of these tender perennials in these archived articles…

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More All-America Selections Winners for 2017

All-America Selections presented sixteen 2017 Award Winners in November, and now has announced several additional winners for the 2017 season, including five National Winners and one Regional Winner for our area (Great Lakes). To learn more about these great plants, read this article…

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