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  • Oak wilt symptoms

    What Is Oak Wilt and How Do You Treat It?

    Oak wilt kills hundreds of thousands of oaks (Quercus spp. and cvs. Zones 3–11) in the Midwest and beyond every year, but what is it? Oak wilt is caused by a…

  • healthy and productive vegetable garden

    Tips to Keep a Vegetable Garden Healthy and Productive in the Midwest

    My first memories of a vegetable garden are of large sunflowers (Helianthus annuus and cvs., annual) growing in our backyard when I was about five years old and my mom…

  • summer perennials for the midwest

    Peak-Season Perennials for the Midwest

    While we would all ideally have gardens that look at their peak in every season, the reality is often far from that ideal. Very few of us have all the…

  • columnar trees

    8 Great Columnar Trees for the Midwest

    Vertical elements in the landscape become “visual beacons” and act not only as focal points but as elements of accent and contributors of scale. Narrow and columnar deciduous trees can…

  • invasives in the midwest

    Identifying and Controlling Common Invasive Plants

    As another gardening season kicks into gear, one of the more unsavory, yet necessary, tasks is scouting for problematic, common invasive plants. These undesirable plants typically infiltrate our gardens, meadows,…

  • grassy path through garden beds in full bloom

    Kathy’s Iowa Garden, Part 2

    Today we're back in Sheldon, Iowa, visiting the beautiful garden Kathy Schreurs has created with her husband around their 130-year-old house. When we reworked a side yard this past year,…

  • backyard garden with birdbath and purple flowers

    Kathy’s Iowa Garden

    I just scrolled again through Keith’s Zone 3 photos (Return to Keith's Zone 3 Garden) of his garden full of hot-colored annuals and perennials. So vibrant! Hmmm . . .…

  • plants to buy midwest

    Shopping-List Plants for the Midwest

    Little kids have Christmas. Gardeners have spring. To anyone who loves plants, this is the most wonderful time of the year. As warmer weather approaches, gardeners across the country eagerly anticipate…

  • spring flowers for fragrance

    Plants with Early Spring Flower Fragrance for the Midwest

    In the Midwest, any bit of early spring color is welcome as we transition from the long winter months. Throw some early spring-flower fragrance into the mix, and that is…

  • shrubs for shade in the midwest

    Shade-Loving Shrubs for the Midwest

    Finding interesting plants for shade can be a struggle, but when you add in the desire for that plant to be a woody shrub, the list narrows even more. But…