Midwest Regional Reports

  • Strawberry Fields globe amaranth
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    An Annual Worth Your Time: ‘Strawberry Fields’ Globe Amaranth

    I enjoy the brightness and warmth of true red in sunny garden designs, although I prefer it in moderation. ‘Strawberry Fields’ globe amaranth (Gomphrena haageana ‘Strawberry Fields’, Zones 11–12) has…

  • Regent Saskatoon Serviceberry
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    Shrubs for Small Spaces in the Midwest

    Mark Weathington, director of the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, discusses several small shrub varieties that provide big interest in a petite package as…

  • tree dying due to emerald ash borer
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    Pest Control for the Midwest: Emerald Ash Borer

    Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) has gained a certain notoriety over the last 20 years. This pest has been responsible for the death of over 100 million ash trees (Fraxinus…

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    Midwest September Garden To-Do List

    Plant fall containers. With some of our summer containers looking a bit haggard, this is a great month to revive container plantings by removing spent plants and replacing them with…

  • Winter King Green Hawthorn
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    Plants for Birds in the Midwest

    As William Cullina mentions in his article on plants for birds, the sad reality is songbirds are disappearing: "Habitat loss, pesticides, and the accompanying decline of insect populations have contributed…

  • Sun King aralia in a garden
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    ‘Sun King’ Aralia Is Perennial Royalty for Midwest Gardens

    I’m a huge fan of ‘Sun King’ aralia (Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’, Zones 3–8) and wasn’t surprised when it was selected as the 2020 Perennial Plant of the Year by…

  • bee on southern globe thistle flower
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    Gorgeous Globe-Shaped Flowers for the Midwest

    Summer gardening offers an amazing array of flower colors and textures to choose from. When combining plants for a progression of blooms, gardeners like to focus on color combinations that…

  • growing lettuce
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    Growing Lettuce Through Spring, Summer, and Fall in the Midwest

    While early spring is the perfect time to sow seeds of cool-season greens, particularly the wide array of tasty lettuce selections available, there are some methods you can use to…

  • Chardonnay Pearls slender deutzia
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    Shrubs That Bloom in Late Spring and Early Summer

    We incorporate shrubs, both deciduous and evergreen, for a wide range of purposes. Perhaps we’re providing scale along the foundation of a structure, creating separation, or establishing privacy. While shrubs…

  • red and pink flowers with silver foliage plant
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    Silver Foliage for the Midwest

    Silver foliage can offer months of interest while providing a clean, crisp look that will help tone down some of the bolder colors around it. While it works well alongside…