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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Articles About Plants with (mostly) Pink Flowers

If you’re sick and tired of the recent focus on everything green, here we shift to a different color in the garden: pink — everything from pale baby pink to bright fuchsia. Here are a collection of of articles about some ornamental plants that have flowers in various shades of pink (or many cultivars that are pink). Learn more in these archived articles:..

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Butterflyweed, Asclepias tuberosa

The Perennial Plant Association’s Perennial of the Year 2017 is butterflyweed, Asclepias tuberosa. This native milkweed offers brilliant orange flowers attractive to a wide range of butterflies and other insects and is a host for monarch butterfly caterpillars. Learn more about this tough, long-lived herbaceous perennial that makes a great addition to many types of gardens in this article…
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Articles About Green Stuff

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, green is the color! In keeping with the green spirit, here are a collection of of articles focused on green flowers and insects — and one anti-green article about using plants with dark foliage as a contrast to all that green! Learn more in these archived articles…

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Articles for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and everything is about hearts and love, although some people might wish for diamonds or chocolate instead. Learn about some plants with names related to this heart-centric holiday — and some potential gifts for this day — in these archived articles…

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Fat Plants

Succulent plants are appealing to many people with horticultural interests, in part because of their great diversity. One noteworthy subgroup of succulents are affectionately referred to as “fat plants”. Fat plants are generally leafy succulents with an enlarged trunk or base that give rise to stems and branches. They vary in size from tiny miniatures to the largest of all succulents. Their appeal is in their weird shapes and many also have colorful flowers. Get an overview of these plants and the basics of cultivation in this article…
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Hosta of the Year 2017: ‘Brother Stefan’

Each year the American Hosta Growers Association chooses one plant to feature as the Hosta of the Year. For 2017, this honor goes to ‘Brother Stefan, a large cultivar that produces a mound of thick, textured foliage. Find out more about this cultivar with a central chartreuse to gold patch and blue-green margin on the leaves in this article …

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