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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New Hardy Smoketree Is A Well-Kept Secret

Have you grown a smoketree or smokebush? When they’re blooming, they always turn the heads of passersby. The flowers look like billows of smoke floating around the tree or shrub. Members of the botanical genus Cotinus (usually pronounced koh-TIE-nus or koh-TEE-nus), the two common species with their named cultivars can grow into large shrubs or…
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Winterizing Roses In November

It’s time to ready roses for their winter nap. The preferred timing for protecting roses varies each year from late October through mid-November, and depends on the weather. Before roses are winterized, they should experience several hard freezes, at least down into the upper 20’s. This “hardens them off” to be certain they’re entirely dormant,…
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