Easy Way To Tell Adapted Hydrangeas From Non-Adapted

Hydrangea shrubs have been around a long time, but the past decade has brought exciting new types. Unfortunately some types don’t grow well in the Northern Plains, but others do. Which are which, when shopping garden centers that sell Endless Summer, Twist ‘n Shout, Annabelle, Incrediball, Vanilla Strawberry, Bloomstruck, Quickfire, and dozens more? Luckily there’s a very…
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Dwarf Alberta Spruce Not Well-Adapted To Region

Some trees and shrubs don’t do well in our region, and shouldn’t be planted because there’s a nearly 100 percent chance of failure. Dwarf Alberta Spruce is like that. It’s disappointing to see Dwarf Alberta Spruce being sold by the hundreds at local national chain stores’ garden centers. They’re often displayed right beside well-adapted evergreens like…
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New Winter-Hardy Wisteria Vine For Northern Climates

Any mention of wisteria vines conjures up images of trellises down South, hanging heavily with the long, pendulous, deep lavender or purple flower clusters. The wisteria species that thrive in southern climates aren’t winter-hardy enough to survive in the Upper Midwest. Over the years, several wisteria varieties have been sold and planted in our region,…
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Tips For Successful Pots And Planters

Springtime’s not complete until gardeners have potted up planters and containers at entry doors, garage fronts, decks and patios. Several tips can increase success and make container grown plants flower more abundantly. Containers should preferably have one or more drainage holes in the bottom. If no drain is possible, watering must be done very carefully to avoid…
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Great Gardening Book Available Locally

Among the greatest impacts on many of our gardening lives were the weekly newspaper articles by longtime Forum garden columnist, Dorothy Collins. During the years I was growing up, on the way home from church we’d stop at the Lisbon Creamery and Dad would buy a copy of the Sunday Forum. The part I was most interested in was seeing…
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