New Hardy Perennial Mums

Well, I certainly can’t keep mum about this. A new series of perennial mums (short for chrysanthemum) has proven winter hardy in our USDA Zone 4, and possibly into Zone 3. Mums are the most spectacular of fall-blooming perennial flowers, often blossoming until the snow flies. But winter hardiness has always been such a problem…
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Boost Tomato Growth With These June Tips

Would you eat a new fruit if someone told you it was poisonous? How about just a little taste to check out its flavor? No? I wouldn’t either. Neither did our European ancestors when confronted with the new-fangled Central American fruit called the tomato. For over 200 years it was grown in European gardens as…
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What’s Causing The Bumps On Area Maple Leaves?

Homeowners are finding bumps and tumor-like growths on their maple leaves. Although we see this disorder every year, the problem started earlier than usual this season. The green, reddish-green or red bumps are symptoms of maple leaf gall, caused by the feeding of tiny mites. Adult mites become active as leaf buds open in spring. As mites feed on developing leaves, hormones…
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Newer Coleus Series Packs A Punch

Although it was developed by seed researchers a decade ago, Kong coleus is just recently gaining popularity as gardeners discover its beauty. What makes Kong coleus so special? Coleus has been around a long time as a staple of shaded flower beds and planters. But the leaves of Kong coleus are huge. When compared side-by-side…
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Climbing Roses For Northern Gardens

The Upper Midwest is a grand gardening region. If you set a goal of growing every well-adapted tree, shrub and perennial, you’d have to start very young and live to be very, very old. We have no shortage of adapted plants; we just have to choose wisely. Even climbing roses grow beautifully here. We just have…
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