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:

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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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Orchids, Orchids, Orchids

Once again the toucans joined us for breakfast. Since we didn’t have to leave early, most of the group hopped on the hotel’s shuttle at 9:00 to drive down to visit their private beach. It wasn’t your stereotypical tropical beach with a wide swath of sand, but there was a row of chaise lounges facing […]

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