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Ginger, Zingiber officinale

Many species of tropical gingers are grown for their flashy blooms, but the plants of culinary ginger aren’t particularly ornamental. Instead, culinary ginger is grown for the aromatic rhizomes which are the source of the hot, pungent flavor enjoyed in ginger ale, gingerbread and many Asian foods. Learn more about this tropical plant which is surprisingly easy to grow in containers…

Articles on Non-hardy Plants with Interesting Foliage

Many of our ornamental plants are grown primarily for their attractive foliage, rather than their flowers. Among the vast array of plants that won’t survive our winters, here are a few that you might want to consider growing as houseplants or seasonally outdoors. Read about six different frost-tender plants with pretty leaves in these archived articles:

Articles on Perennial Weeds

Not all the plants in a garden are ones we want 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 a perennial life cycle — they grow for several years, usually flowering annually after the first year — in these archived articles:

Plants Plus: Shade… and Light!

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 two hours of continuing education credit for watching the video presentations and doing the reading, just complete the short quiz! This Plants Plus package focuses on shade gardening and other aspects of how light affects plants.

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