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Susan Martin

Susan Martin is a lifelong gardener and the director of marketing for Walters Gardens in Zeeland, Mich.

 

 

Selecting Woody Plants for an Edible Landscape
by Patti Marie Travioli - posted 06/18/14

With careful selection, your landscape can be beautiful while also providing you with a bountiful harvest. Apples, pears, peaches and plums have their place in the edible landscape, but you may enjoy growing minor fruit crops or newer introductions, as well. Consider your site and growing conditions before adding these common to unusual woody plants to your landscape ...   >> read article
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Garden Mailbox
by Patsy Bell Hobson - posted 06/16/14

Plant a mailbox in the garden and you can keep garden tools in the garden, right where you need them. When the old mailboxes were replaced in the neighborhood, they were recycled into small “onsite garden storage units.” The garden mailbox is a good gathering place for storing garden tools and accessories. It could save you endless trips to the shed or garage for a garden tool.   >> read article
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Tropicanna Canna
by Mark A. Konlock - posted 06/13/14

What better way to dream of the upcoming gardening season than to think about the tropical feel that we can bring to our Wisconsin gardens? Amazingly, plants like cannas and elephant ears can grow to be behemoths, even in our northern growing season. There are a multitude of cultivars to choose from, so check out local garden centers and online suppliers, such as Brent and Becky’s Bulbs and Plant Delights Nursery to find yours ...   >> read article
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Mercury Rising Tickseed
by Susan Martin - posted 06/06/14

Be sure to add this brand new, first of its kind, truly hardy, red flowered coreopsis to your wish list this spring. It’s an absolute dynamo that blooms all summer. The broad mound of bright green foliage becomes covered in gorgeous, velvety, wine-red blossoms. During the hottest part of summer, the petals have lightly “frosted” tips. Like the others in the Big Bang™ series, the flowers on Mercury Rising are sterile, so it blooms continuously for months and won’t reseed around the garden ...   >> read article
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Ground Cover
Strong Performers With Subtle Star Power
by Anne Larson - posted 06/04/14

For every garden star, there is a supporting cast, and in most Midwestern gardens, ground covers perform the task admirably. Like their theatrical counterparts, ground covers’ roles may be understated, subtle and sometimes nearly invisible. Take them away and they would be sorely missed ...   >> read article
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