How Do You Control Creeping Charlie?

Anyone who’s suffered a Creeping Charlie attack knows the difficulty of control. How did a plant get to be so weedy? Well, we have ourselves to thank. Early settlers brought this non-native plant to North America from Europe, as they felt it would make a hardy groundcover. And that it is. Unfortunately it escaped cultivation…
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Globe Caragana Makes A Great Hedge

Relocating two years ago gave us the chance to leave past landscape mistakes behind. But we also had the chance to repeat successes from 30 years of trying. One plant type we wouldn’t leave behind was Globe Caragana. We carefully dug, cut back, and moved a section of hedge made of the interesting shrub. Globe…
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Are Endless Summer Hydrangeas Suitable For The Upper Midwest?

Few plants have become as recognizable in garden centers as Endless Summer Hydrangeas, in their blue pots and colorful ball-shaped blossoms. What started as one Endless Summer Hydrangea type with blue flowers has now become the Endless Summer Series, with four members: Original (blue flowers), Twist ‘n Shout (pink), Blushing Bride (white with pink blush),…
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Pots And Planters: How Many Plants Are Needed?

Gardening should be soothing, relaxing and carefree, right? And it usually is. Except when you’re standing in the garden center trying to decide how many plants to buy for each of your pots, planters and outdoor containers. Are three plants enough in the deck planter, or would four be better. Five plants would make it…
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Geraniums Often Grow Best Alone

Geraniums have long been a staple in outdoor pots and planters. Their husky habit and prolific blossoms provide instant color to containers on decks, patios and doorsteps, and they’re usually planted in combination with other flowering plants. But have you ever noticed that by midsummer the geraniums have lost their luster a bit, squelched by…
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