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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Use Plastic Mulch For Earlier Tomatoes And Melons

There’s only one thing better than homegrown vine-ripened tomatoes and melons. That’s enjoying them sooner. There’s an easy and efficient way to coax tomatoes, cantaloupe, watermelon, peppers and all heat-loving vegetables to bear earlier: use clear plastic mulch to warm the soil. I first heard of the technique about 45 years ago, as area universities…
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