Midwest Regional Reports

  • ghost lady fern
    Midwest Regional Reports

    How to Grow ‘Ghost’ Lady Fern

    I’ve grown many ferns over the years, and I’m constantly enthralled anew every time I see ‘Ghost’ lady fern (Athyrium ‘Ghost’, Zones 3–8) in the shade garden. Described as well-mannered,…

  • bulb lawn
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    Grow a Beautiful Spring Bulb Lawn

    As we head into the spring months after a cold and snowy winter, most of us in the Midwest are looking at drab expanses of turf that are still coming…

  • Proud Berry Coralberry
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    Plants for the Midwest to Add to Your Shopping List

    Whether you're walking through your local garden center, flipping through the pages of your favorite catalog, or scrolling the website of an online retailer, the sheer number of plant choices…

  • Mustard greens in a container
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    How to Grow Mustard Greens for an Easy, Early Harvest

    As gardeners, we long for the summer months and picking our first cucumber, zucchini, or tomato. However, you don't have to wait that long if you grow mustard greens (Brassica…

  • cool-season annual
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    Cool-Season Annuals for the Midwest

    In the Midwest, the frequently unpredictable weather patterns in spring present myriad challenges related to garden preparations and planting times. Daytime temperatures fluctuate greatly over the early spring months, with…

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    March Garden To-Do List for the Midwest

    As the seasons shift from winter to spring, meteorological patterns in the Midwest vary considerably. Looking at historical norms will help inform decisions regarding the appropriate time to conduct certain…

  • perennial grasses
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    Dividing Perennial Grasses

    As we head into early spring weather and our perennial, ornamental grasses start to show new growth, this is the ideal time to divide these plants. Division of grasses, and…

  • bulb that blooms in late winter
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    A Delightful Bulb to Brighten the Late-Winter Garden

    I remember my first experience seeing winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis, Zones 3–7) in bloom at Fernwood Botanical Garden (Niles, Michigan) over 25 years ago. It was late March when I…

  • ‘Fast Forward’ pink muhly grass
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    Your Favorite Plants Improved for the Midwest

    In Paul Westervelt's article on perennial upgrades, he explains the benefit of stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new versions of tried-and-true plants: "After whiffing a few times,…

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    Midwest: February Garden To-Do List

    Consider plants for winter interest. As Midwestern winters bring more frequent episodes of heavy snow, ice, and winter rain, the garden can look pretty bedraggled by February. Visit your local…