Irvin Etienne

  • Midwest Regional Reports

    Perennial Rebloomers for the Midwest

    Dan Robarts says in his article on reblooming perennials, "...the criteria I generally adhere to for earning a spot in the beds at my home or botanical garden workplace center…

  • Design

    3 Autumn Favorites to Anchor Your Garden Design

    I am addicted to acquiring new plants, perhaps more than most people. If you tell me all the glorious details of a recent introduction, I will buy it by the…

  • 3 Steadfast Summer Bloomers
    Design

    3 Steadfast Summer Bloomers

    I am addicted to acquiring new plants, perhaps more than most people. If you tell me all the glorious details of a recent introduction, I will buy it by the…

  • Design

    5 Spring Beauties to Start the Gardening Season Off Right

    I am addicted to acquiring new plants, perhaps more than most people. If you tell me all the glorious details of a recent introduction, I will buy it by the…

  • Midwest Regional Reports

    Regional Picks: Tough Plants—Midwest

    See regional picks for tough pretty plants, and read the article by Julie Lane Gray for even more ideas. It’s important to define first what I mean by a “tough”…

  • Midwest Regional Reports

    Regional Picks: Short Plants – Midwest

    See regional picks for short plants, and read the article by Steve Aitken for even more ideas. “As I began amassing countless short varieties, only some of which worked in…

  • How-To

    Bring It In!

    Tropical plants are a major part of my home garden. It requires effort to lift them every fall and replant them in spring, but it’s worth it to have a…

  • Article

    A Bright Idea for Spring Containers

    After the long gray of winter when most of us are desperate for color in the landscape, bulbs in containers can add a splash of brilliance anywhere it is needed.…

  • Article

    Regional Picks: Color in the Shade – Midwest

    Midwest   Chinese hardy orchid (Bletilla striata and cvs.) USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8 Size: 12 to 18 inches tall and wide Conditions: Light shade or morning sun; moist,…

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    Regional Picks: Focal-Point Plants – Midwest

    1. ‘Gold Heart’ Bleeding Heart Name: Dicentra spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ USDA hardiness zones: 3 to 9 Size: 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide Conditions: Morning sun to full shade;…