Northern & Central Midwest

February, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Container Clematis

National News

Container gardening continues to be a hot trend, and more perennial plants are being bred to grow well in these small spaces. One of the best new clematis to grow in containers is Clematis...

Organic Ketchup Protects Against Cancer

It's been well documented that the antioxidant lycopene found in tomato-based products, such as ketchup, helps protect us against cancers of the breast, pancreas, prostate, and intestines. Now...

Learn to Graft

If you're looking for a fun horticultural project to help pass the winter, consider learning about grafting. You can learn the techniques from the comfort of your home with this award-winning,...

Award-Winning Agastache

From the specialists in hummingbird mints (Agastache) comes a new award-winning variety that features foot-long spikes of rose-pink flowers, a raspberry red calyx, and sweetly scented foliage....

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In the Garden


Alien Invaders Need to be Managed

I just found out that some of the plants I love have a dark side. I know about the negative attributes of Siberian elms, silver maples, green ash, and Tatarian honeysuckle, but Japanese tree lilac is on the Chicago Botanic Garden invasive species...
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Web Finds

Weeds Gone Wild The Plant Conservation Alliance "Weeds Gone Wild" Web site contains a list of invasive plants...


Ortho's All About Houseplants Ortho's All About Houseplants (Ortho Books, 1999, $11.95) by yours truly is a no-nonsense guide...
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Regional Reminders

  • Cutting Tatarian Honeysuckle
  • Combatting Multiflora Rose
  • Controlling Purple Loosestrife
  • Removing Garlic Mustard
  • Eradicating Buckthorn

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