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Winterscape With Garden Art
Give yourself the gift of amazing outdoor art

As a lifelong resident of the Midwest, I can attest to how brutal Mother Nature can be in the winter. White can be the predominant color from November all the way through March during particularly snowy winters. Waiting for the snow to thaw and the dreariness of winter to be replaced ...

>> read “Winterscape With Garden Art”    
Create a Focal Point in a Day

Gardening is usually an exercise in patience. Everything takes time. But here are a few ways to get instant gratification by creating some ‘pop’ in the landscape with new focal points. We gardeners revel in a pastime that is all about the long game. We are used to waiting and the sport truly does reward us for our patience ...

>> read “Create a Focal Point in a Day”    
Three Ways to Celebrate Fall with Pumpkins

Maybe I always wanted to be Cinderella, but who knows? It could take a therapist several years and thousands of dollars to unearth the root cause of this obsession. Whatever the reason, I am hopelessly enchanted by pumpkins each fall. If you suffer from the same condition — and you know who you are — here are some ways to satisfy your pumpkin lust this season.

>> read “Three Ways to Celebrate Fall with Pumpkins”    
A Plan to Cram

Getting as many veggies into a raised bed—throughout the short Midwest growing season—is a quest for many gardeners. What goes where, when and why when stuffing raise beds with vegetables and herbs?

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‘Everest’ Weeping Sedge
Carex oshimensis

If you don’t know sedges, then you’re missing out on one of the best plants to grow in Indiana in the shaded or woodland garden. Not just because it’s deer resistant, although that reason alone would be proof of its superior value in the landscape.

>> read “‘Everest’ Weeping Sedge”       #Hot Plants
Veggies Front & Center

Many gardeners would like to grow fruits and vegetables but do not have a sunny backyard. Why not use the sunny front yard? It is possible to raise edibles in the front garden and still keep your curb appeal.

>> read “Veggies Front & Center”    
Viburnum ‘Cardinal Candy’

One of the showiest viburnums for the landscape is ‘Cardinal Candy’. Its bright-red fruit creates quite a show in the fall, not to be outdone by the cream-colored flowers in spring, as well as the dark-green lustrous leaves that turn maroon and linger until November.

>> read “Viburnum ‘Cardinal Candy’”       #Hot Plants
Scented Geranium
Pelargonium spp.

It is summer and we reach for the bug spray, citronella oil or a candle to burn to keep the mosquitos at bay while we enjoy the beautiful evening. As you may know, citronella oil is obtained from citronella-scented geranium (Pelargonium citrosum). However, did you know that there are approximately 150 varieties of scented geranium that are not only beautiful garden plants, but can be used for potpourri and as flavoring in cooking ...

>> read “Scented Geranium”       #Hot Plants
Korean Chrysanthemum
Dendranthema zawadskii

The warm, soft tints of Korean chrysanthemum (Dendranthema zawadsii) flowers create a color counterpoint to fall foliage in the October garden. Korean chrysanthemums are later-booming and have a softer form than typical garden mums. The foliage of Korean mums forms an attractive mounding shape all season long ...

>> read “Korean Chrysanthemum”       #Hot Plants
Problems with Woodchucks

Except on Groundhog’s Day, when they are cute, cuddly weather prognosticators, woodchucks are burrowing and plant-eating pests. Here’s what you should know about this rodent for the other 364 days of the year.
Spring finds gardeners dreaming of their best gardens yet. But, beware! There are critters dreaming of your gardens, too, one being the woodchuck ...

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2013 New Year’s Resolutions for Gardeners

According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology from the University of Scranton, 45 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions. Here is a ranking of the top New Year’s resolutions for 2012 ...

>> read “2013 New Year’s Resolutions for Gardeners”    
Blessed Are the Aggressive, For They Shall Inherit the Garden

Ideally, good, aggressive garden plants are tough, spread nicely and can be controlled easily by pulling, cultivation or herbicides. The thicker and taller they are, the better they suppress weeds. But what exactly are ‘good’ aggressive plants ...

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