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  • spring flowers for fragrance
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    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
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    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…

  • conifers with winter color
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    Conifers That Change Color in Winter for Added Interest

    The garden is always transitioning. As gardeners, we are highly tuned into the visual changes that occur in the landscape every day, week, month, and throughout the seasons. We understandably…

  • winter containers
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    Winter Containers for the Midwest

    While winter in the Midwest brings an end to active growth in the garden, there’s no reason why containers out in our gardens can’t continue to contribute color and texture.…

  • early spring flowers midwest
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    Late-Winter and Early-Spring Bloomers for the Midwest

    In Jason Reeves' article Plants That Bloom in Late Winter or Early Spring, he discusses how plants that bloom during the coldest time of the year, often go underappreciated: "Some…

  • Osage Orange
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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…