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Garry V. McDonald

Dr. McDonald received a BS and MS in Floriculture and a Ph.D. in Horticulture. After being educated beyond his intelligence, he is now a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ornamental Horticulture. His area of research is selecting and developing landscape plants for sustainable landscapes.

 

 

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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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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Double Zahara Fire
Zinnia marylandica ‘Pas553645’
by Mark A. Konlock - posted 06/20/14

Double Zahara Fire and Cherry zinnias make a winning combination ...   >> 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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