Iowa

  • Osage Orange
    Design

    The Weird and Wonderful Osage Orange

    In October and November, apple-green, grapefruit-size fruits of female Osage orange trees (Maclura pomifera, Zones 4–9) fall from their canopies and hit the ground with a hearty thump. This North…

  • winter garden protection
    How-To

    Winter Protection for the Midwest Garden

    As the gardening season comes to a close in the Midwest, there are some important tasks we should consider to protect our gardens from the harsh conditions of winter. Protection…

  • close up of hosta with pink flowers
    Design

    Gardening for a Friend

    Hello, this is Cindy in Chicago. A good friend was expecting her first baby this past spring. I knew she would be busy with an infant, so I volunteered to…

  • trees in pots at a nursery
    Design

    Tree-Shopping Tips

    A tree is a big investment, so it is worth taking some time to find exactly the right tree for your garden. Before you begin shopping, it’s a good idea…

  • garden bed with white and pink flowers
    Design

    Katie’s Indiana Garden

    I’m Katie. I’m a proud Midwesterner, and all of these photos are from my Indiana backyard garden. By day, I am a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. By weekend and…

  • close up of large planting of purple coneflower
    Design

    Gardening in Iowa With Ross

    Today we’re visiting Ross Jallo’s garden in Iowa. I started preparing my backyard garden in the fall of 2019. Before that it was just bare weedy lawn, with a concrete…

  • unusual spring bulbs
    Design

    5 Unusual Bulbs for the Midwest

    While cool nights and diminishing daylight in fall triggers putting our gardens to bed at the forefront of our minds, don’t forget that this is the time to consider enlivening…

  • Sweet box
    Design

    Interesting Broadleaf Evergreens for the Midwest

    In an episode of Fine Gardening's podcast, Let’s Argue About Plants, the hosts discuss the importance of evergreen plants, and the particular perks of broadleaf evergreens: “The key to any…

  • Autumn Containers
    Design

    10 Tips for Transitioning to Autumn Garden Containers

    Right around the time that days shorten and the nights get cooler, it becomes clear that our containers may be getting a little tired after working so hard during the…

  • Late-Season Kale
    How-To

    Growing Late-Season Kale for Extended Color, Texture, and Taste

    As we settle into our summer gardens in the Midwest, the autumn seems to be in the distant future. However, the fall season always seems to arrive before we know…