Quiz: Can You Identify These Landscape Evergreens?

Everyone close your books and take out a sheet of paper. It’s quiz time. Remember when teachers told us exams and quizzes were for our own good because they helped us learn? Well, it didn’t always feel like it at the time, as I recall. Sometimes it felt more like teachers were having a bad…
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Multipurpose Winter-Hardy Shrub With Healthy Fruit

Looking for a shrub that’s a little out of the ordinary? Plant an Aronia. Never heard of it? You might recall Aronia made all the news several years ago, as one of the new super-fruits that was packed with health benefits. Aronia berries were found to have 3 times the antioxidants of blueberries, and a…
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With Mounting Problems, Should Autumn Blaze Maples Be Planted?

There is one plant about which I’ve receive more emails and questions than any other in the past 38 years. It’s Autumn Blaze maple, and inquiries have far outpaced even questions about the best time to transplant rhubarb. The questions of course don’t address Autumn Blaze maples that are doing wonderfully. They’re about Autumn Blaze that…
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New Winter-Hardy Wisteria Vine For Northern Climates

Any mention of wisteria vines conjures up images of trellises down South, hanging heavily with the long, pendulous, deep lavender or purple flower clusters. The wisteria species that thrive in southern climates aren’t winter-hardy enough to survive in the Upper Midwest. Over the years, several wisteria varieties have been sold and planted in our region,…
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Japanese Tree Lilac – Great Tree For Small Spaces.

Have you noticed the small trees currently blooming with beautiful billowy white flowers? They’re Japanese tree lilacs. These small-scale trees bloom later than the more-familiar shrub-type lavender lilacs, usually flowering from about mid-June until early July. If you didn’t know better, you might not even recognize them as lilacs. Japanese tree lilacs can be grown as single-trunked…
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