Mukdenia, Mukdenia rossi

Grown for its showy foliage and airy flowers, mukdenia is an uncommon herbaceous perennial for the shade garden. The glossy green, fan-shaped leaves are attractive throughout summer, but when they transform to bright red starting at the tips they become a stunning statement in the garden. Learn more about this introduced ornamental plant in this article…

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Leaf Cactus, Pereskia spp.

A cactus with leaves? The genus Pereskia is one of the most interesting and unusual genera of cacti, unlike all other members of the family with broad, bright green leaves on thin stems. However these plants do have the same kind of spines and flowers of their typical cactus cousins hidden under all that foliage. Learn more about this unique group of plants in this article…

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Croton, Codiaeum variegatum

One of the boldest houseplants around, croton offers fabulous foliage marked with bright yellow, orange, red, and even near black. These eye-catching plants add a tropical touch to indoor décor or make a dramatic focal point as a seasonal plant outdoors during the growing season. Learn more about this Asian plant distantly related to poinsettia in this article…

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Articles on More Herbs

There are all kinds of herbs used for cooking, fragrance, medicinally, or in crafts. Read about a favorite of many people — basil — as well as some less common herbs you might want to try to grow, and how to dry herbs in these archived articles:

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In My Backyard: Bright throughout Winter

Well, as I look out into my far western Wisconsin backyard here in early December, I’ve been seeing a lot of brown.  Different shades of brown, but overall, brown.  I’ve been okay with brown and relatively warm temperatures for this time of year, but as I write this the temperatures are dropping and snow is predicted. […]

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Bringing the Garden to the Sun

I have a common problem with my yard. It is getting shadier every year. Last year I finally had to give in to the lack of sunlight in my perennial beds and stop trying to grow anything that needs more than half shade. That means about 75% of all the plants I drool over at […]

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Expert’s Tip: Growing Donuts

Chrissy Wen, Walworth Co. UW-Extension Horticulture Educator I’ve always said that plants are smart.  This time of year it’s hard to tell, but I’m sure we’ve all seen a plant that is growing in the shape of a donut with all the lush growth on the outside and nothing left in the middle. This is the plant’s […]

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Expert’s Tip: Another Way to Beat Weeds

Ben Futa, Director, Allen Centennial Gardens Greetings from the Allen Centennial Garden on the UW-Madison campus. Allen Centennial Garden is a 2.5 acre public garden with 27 themed garden spaces and thousands of plants on display. Like many of you, we’ve had above average and regular rainfall this season – which is great news for […]

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Best-Fit Hand Pruners

A set of hand held pruners should  be  in  every  gardener’s  tool  kit  but  selecting the right pair can be a challenge with an overwhelming selection available at most garden  centers  and  online. Hand  held  pruners  are designed for a variety of tasks in the garden. Some are large enough to cut small branches, while […]

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