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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Easy Way To Tell Adapted Hydrangeas From Non-Adapted

Hydrangea shrubs have been around a long time, but the past decade has brought exciting new types. Unfortunately some types don’t grow well in the Upper Midwest, but others do. Which are which? Garden centers sell Endless Summer, Twist ‘n Shout, Annabelle, Incrediball, Vanilla Strawberry, Bloomstruck, Quickfire, and dozens more? How do we separate the wheat from…
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Spring Rejuvenation Of Overgrown Shrubs

I’ve got two questions. First, do you have an overgrown shrub? And second, do you trust me? What I’m about to recommend takes a leap of faith. Many of us have shrubs that have become overgrown in our yards and landscapes. Lilacs, dogwood, spirea, mockorange and potentilla can become less beautiful with age as the…
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Check Winter Rabbit Damage Before It’s Too Late

Rabbits have been active again this winter, as evidenced by plentiful tracks and other evidence. It’s easy to ignore them until our shrubs and trees turn up dead in spring. Rabbits often work inside shrubbery, gnawing away the bark of branches and twigs near the base. If branches are completely “girdled,” to use the gardening…
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