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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Plant A Bleeding Heart For Generations Of Bloom

There’s lots to love about perennial bleeding hearts, and they’ve been especially strong-blooming this year. Few perennial names are as descriptive as bleeding hearts. This tough, winter-hardy perennial blooms in May and early June. They’re one of the longest-lived perennials, preferring to remain undisturbed in place for decades. Many other perennials require digging and dividing…
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Beautiful Hardy New Hydrangea

The good old days of gardening weren’t always so good. Especially considering the availability of new plants. One of the hottest shrubs that’s a recent newcomer to the plant world is Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea. It’s beautiful. Best of all it’s winter hardy and well-adapted to the Upper Midwest in our Hardiness Zones 3 and 4.…
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How To Tell If A Tree Is Dead Or Still Dormant

Trees and shrubs can sometimes be slow to leaf out in spring. Are they alive, dead, or just stubborn? There are several ways to tell. A little detective work can determine whether the woody plant is dead, in which case we might as well look for a replacement. But if it’s alive, we’ll know to…
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