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July 19, 2012


purple and white flowers

Color Combinations

My formula when choosing plants for my garden: focus on my three favorite colors, plus or minus white.

July 5, 2012


cedar waxwings

Berries For Birds

I am trying to grow more shrubs that fruit at different times of the year in order to provide a continuous buffet and attract birds to my garden.

April 19, 2012



Preparing Now For September Color

Spring is the time to prepare for fall, so this month is a good time to think about your September garden.

April 12, 2012



Preparing For August Blooms: Top Midwestern Perennials

A list of the plants that carry my garden through the tough days of August.

April 5, 2012


pink cranesbill geranium

It’s Time To Divide And Move Perennials

Your summer and fall gardens will reflect your April efforts. This is our time to move things while they are still small.

March 1, 2012



March Flowers

In much of the Northern Hemisphere, March is the month where every garden worthy of the name, does have some daffodils in bloom.

October 27, 2011



Fall Divisions: A Good Time To Fill In The Blanks

Survey your garden and try to imagine it in spring and summer, and identify dead spots and relocate new perennial divisions to those.

December 2, 2010



Less Is More: Limiting Elements In Horticultural Design

Japanese garden design is well known for its focus on different shades and textures of foliage, with a minimal use of flowers.

August 12, 2010


peony bud3-edit

Peony Problems: Buds But No Blossoms?

Many of us in the Midwest are planting even more peonies than ever. These easy-care plants do have some problems. One is buds that never develop into blooms.

May 27, 2010


balloon flower

Balloon Flowers

Balloon flowers' petals flare out so that the bottom of the flower is broader than the top and shaped like a bell.

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