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Plants Plus: Perennial Vegetable Crops

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 perennial vegetable crops.

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Articles on Some More 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:

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Twinleaf, Jeffersonia diphylla

With short-lived pure white flowers and curious-looking seedpods, this early spring bloomer named after a US President makes a great addition to native plantings or as a shady groundcover. Its common name of twinleaf comes from the interesting butterfly-shaped leaves. Learn more about Jeffersonia diphylla in 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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Chamomile, Matricaria chamomilla

With attractive ferny foliage and eye-catching blooms, chamomile can be a nice addition to the ornamental garden or herb garden. This Eurasian annual is easily grown from seed for its yellow and white daisy flowers that are harvested to make chamomile tea. Learn more about Matricaria chamomilla in this article…

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Grape Hyacinth, Muscari armeniacum

For a hit of intense blue in the garden in mid-spring, Muscari armeniacum can’t be beat. This small perennial bulb produces clusters of bell-shaped flowers that resemble bunches of grapes, giving rise to the common name grape hyacinth. Learn more about this European species in this article…

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Rhubarb Rheum rhabarbarum

Rhubarb is the first “fruit” of the season – used as a fruit, but grows like a vegetable. With huge leaves on long red to green petioles it can also make a dramatic statement in the garden. This old fashioned perennial is very easy to grow, coming back bigger year after year with little care. To learn more about rhubarb, read this article…

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Articles on Woodland Natives

The deciduous forests of the Midwest may have a limited number of dominant trees, but most have an abundance of ephemeral wildflowers. Many of these spring woodland natives emerge early in the season before the tree canopy has leafed out to shade their environment. Learn about six of these plants in these archived articles:

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Lenten Rose, Hellebore xhybridus

Early in the spring when little else but spring bulbs are blooming, Lenten Rose is pushing up its flower spikes and deeply divided, leathery, umbrella-like leaves. The long-lasting sepals in an open, bell shape offer ornamental interest long after the seeds have developed. Learn more about this herbaceous perennial native to Asia and Europe in this article…

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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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