New Hosta Disease Becoming A Serious Epidemic

When we say “new” in the world of plants, it’s often something that originated within the past 20 years, but has only recently come to the forefront. For example, a “new” plant variety might have been bred 20 years ago and took decades to test and reach the retail market. A very serious “new” disease…
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No Need To Move To A Warmer Gardening Climate – It’s Coming To You

Remember the old saying “If the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain?” The past gardeners’ version of that was if you wanted to garden in a more mild climate, then pack up your wheelbarrow and move South. Well, not any more. The mountain is coming to Muhammad, in…
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How Did The Case Of The “Missing” Plants End?

Some stories have a certain irony that’s remembered by people. News reports of a policeman’s own car being stolen, for example. Or a garden columnist’s plants disappearing. If you recall, that’s what happened a little over a year ago, as a number of our potted trees, shrubs and perennials went missing. In a state of…
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It’s Time To Protect Perennials

Now that the region’s had plenty of freezing temperatures to “harden off” perennials and send them into dormancy, it’s time to protect them from winter’s extremes. Sometimes perennial flowers don’t need extra protection. Many types like peonies, iris, daylilies and hosta are so rock-hardy that they’ll usually do just fine with little or no extra…
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Four Beautiful Hardy Buckeyes For Northern Planting

Maples aren’t the only autumn color game in town. Maples can be a gamble in parts of the Upper Midwest, because they are very sensitive to soil type. In the Red River Valley, for example, the heavy clay soil makes maples a roll of the dice: sometimes thriving, other times dying. Luckily there are other…
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