Articles on Succulents

Succulent plants come a wide variety of shapes and sizes, with some grown for their flowers, but most appreciated for their unusual or architectural shapes. Most are not hardy and are grown as seasonal accents or houseplants. Read about some interesting and easy-to-grow succulents …

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Take a Virtual European Vacation

The gardens of Europe range from plant collections to lavishly landscaped historic estates. Many combine history, art, and architecture, Take a virtual tour of three renowned English gardens, one Italian garden, and a Moorish garden in Spain, plus a discussion of the characteristics of Italian gardens in these archived articles:

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Great Grasses

Ornamental grasses offer contrast in texture and form in most gardens, and are often and easy, low-maintenance way to provide multi-season interest. Read about some annual and perennial ornamental grasses in these archived articles:

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Basically Bugs

There are all kinds of insects inhabiting our gardens and natural areas. Some are pests of our crops and ornamental plants while others are beneficial insects. (And although we might want to call them all “bugs”, that term really only refers to those in the Order Hemiptera.) Learn about a few of these amazing animals in these archived articles:

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Jewelweed, Impatiens capensis

With showy orange flowers, jewelweed comes into its own in late summer and fall. Growing in dense patches in moist, shady habitats, this native plant offers nectar for hummingbirds and other pollinators. Usually grown just as a wild plant, it can be added to rain gardens or to suppress weeds in appropriate areas. Learn more about this self-seeding annual 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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