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Katydids are one of the many creatures buzzing, trilling and chirping away in the summer night insect chorus. These cricket and grasshopper relatives are fairly large insects, but often overlooked because they come in colors and shapes that blend in with their environment to prevent predation. Learn about the main groups of katydids and some interesting facts about these plant-eating insects…

Articles on Some Annual Weeds

Not all the plants in a garden are ones we intend to be there. Managing these unexpected inhabitants is greatly dependent on their life cycle. Just like our ornamental plants, weeds can be annuals, biennials and perennials. Learn about a few weeds that have an annual life cycle — they grow, flower, produce seed and die in a single year —  in these archived articles:

Sweet Autumn Clematis, Clematis terniflora

With billowy masses of fragrant white flowers, sweet autumn clematis makes a statement in the late-season garden when few other plants are blooming. However, this non-native plant does self-seed aggressively and is considered an invasive species in many parts of the East and Midwest. Learn more about Clematis terniflora in this article…


More Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My

An earlier post this year focused on six unrelated plants that all refer to some animal in their common names, and this post covers six additional plants with an arthropod, two reptiles and two mammals in their common names — including three tender tropical plants grown as annuals or houseplants, and three native species, two of which are commonly grown as ornamentals. Read about these different plants in these archived articles:

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