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Midwest Regional Reports

  • China Snow Peking lilac
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    Ornamental Bark on Deciduous Trees in the Midwest

    A feature that many overlook when selecting a tree is the bark. Distinctive bark contributes visual interest, and an appreciative eye will enjoy the limitless range of beautiful colors and…

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    Midwest: January Garden To-Do List

    Take care of the birds. Bird watching from the comfort of your home brightens many a winter day. It's OK to place feeders close to the house, but avoid placing…

  • Pendula weeping white pine
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    Weeping Conifers for the Midwest

    Conifers are so valuable in the Midwest landscape. Their beauty is certainly not hard to appreciate, with their wide range of textures, foliage colors, and forms. Because they add interest…

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    Reliable Performers for the Midwest

    As garden curator Irvin Etienne discusses in his article on reliable performers, we all want the newest, jazziest plants available, but a garden is not complete without a backbone of…

  • poinsettias
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    Midwest December Garden To-Do List

    Pamper your poinsettia. A poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima, Zones 10–11) may end up in your care at some point this month. Ensure that it stays healthy for better long-term color and…

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    Midwest November Garden To-Do List

    Don’t clean up too much of the garden. A traditional approach to cleaning up autumn gardens includes raking leaves, cutting back perennials, removing annuals, and collecting debris. While this approach…

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    Exciting Evergreens for the Midwest

    Evergreens are crucial to achieving varied texture and form, as well as the key to any successful four-season garden. Unfortunately, many gardeners would put a lot of evergreens in the…

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    Shrubs With Autumn Interest for the Midwest

    When we see hints in early fall of bigger changes to come later in the season, we look for color and impact wherever we can find it. Certainly, some of…

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    Midwest October Garden To-Do List

    Add autumn highlights to containers and garden beds. Fall is my favorite time of the year, as I enjoy not only more comfortable temperatures but the radiant autumn colors, ornamental…

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    Best Native Woodies for the Midwest

    Gardeners love native plants, and for good reason. They are built to thrive in the conditions of a specific region, often without complaint, and are an essential component in the…

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