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The newest web article for Missouri Gardener was written by:

Susan Martin

Susan Martin is a lifelong Michigan gardener and Director of Marketing at Walters Gardens, Inc., a leading wholesale perennial grower in the United States.

 

 

Elaeagnus ‘Quicksilver’
by Joseph Tychonievich - posted 07/04/14

If you know Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia), you probably think of it as the weedy shrub that shows up along roadsides. ‘Quicksilver’ is a hybrid relative of that weed, decked out with astonishingly intense silver foliage that is absolutely breathtaking all summer. Like its weedy relative, it is insanely tough, tolerant of cold, heat and drought, the kind of plant you never need to worry about as long as you can give it a little sun ...   >> read article
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A Plant Collector’s Landscape Design: Three Lessons Learned
by Joseph Tychonievich - posted 07/02/14

When I bought my last house, there was a half-dead rose bush, some stumps of dead arborvitaes and a lot of ugly fencing. I sold it last year after three and a half years, having created a garden in the front that I was rather pleased with. There are lots of tricks, rules and guidelines to making gardens, but here are three things that I feel helped me the most in creating this garden ...   >> read article
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Grow Your Own Cutting Garden in as Little as 32 Square Feet
by Barbara Eaton, M.Ed. - posted 06/30/14

If you’re like me, you never tire of having fresh flowers in the house, and the more grand the floral arrangement, the better. The solution for me has been planting a dedicated cutting garden. In a sunny spot as small as 32 square feet (a space 4 feet by 8 feet), a well-planned cutting garden can produce enough blooms to keep me sated all season long. If you have a spot that is tucked away behind a garage or in a remote corner of your property where it is not highly visible, you can cut away and not spoil your perfect floral landscape ...   >> read article
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Monarda ‘Pardon My Pink’ and ‘Pardon My Purple’
by Susan Martin - posted 06/27/14

Gardeners have long had a love/hate relationship with bee balm (Monarda spp.). The fragrant perennial herb attracts butterflies and hummingbirds like crazy, but also tends to get powdery mildew and take over the garden. That is, until now ...   >> read article
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Lilacs
by Laura G. Jull - posted 06/25/14

What other plant captivates your senses and evokes fond memories of springtime more than lilacs? The intense fragrance of their large, beautiful flowers and their relative ease of care, make lilacs treasured throughout the temperate world. They bring us a few weeks of fabulous color and fragrance each year, but their loveliness and charm leave lifetime memories ...   >> read article
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