Northern & Central Midwest

July, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Best Fall-Blooming Anemones

National News

Anemones are great late-season bloomers in the perennial border. They produce 2- to 3-inch-diameter, single or double flowers on 2- to 4-foot-tall plants. The flowers come in a range of colors,...

Huge, New Fig

The fig crop is ripening in many areas of the county. If you love figs, you'll love this new variety from the Louisiana State University breeding program. 'LSU Gold' features 2-inch-wide, tender,...

Smarter Sidewalks

As any gardener knows, the roots from trees growing along sidewalks or paved driveways can eventually cause the sidewalks to crack and heave. Municipalities in California have been experimenting...

New Clove-Scented Shrub

Finding a shrub that grows well in the shade, produces attractive flowers, and provides interesting foliage is a challenge. A new variegated version of the Florida anise bush ( Illicium floridanum...

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In the Garden


There's Nothing Like Having a Child in the Garden

I took my girls out with me the other night to pick slugs by flashlight, and they were fascinated. I didn't exactly let them know what I was going to do with the slugs after we had a bucketful, but they were so captivated by the other things to see in...
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Web Finds

Sustainable Agriculture The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service site offers the latest in sustainable...

Favorite or New Plant

Asian Pear Asian pear is certainly not a new plant, but many gardeners aren't aware that these delectable...
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Regional Reminders

  • Catch Japanese Beetles in the Morning
  • Monitor for Apple Maggots
  • Keep Container Plants Watered
  • Let Turf Go Dormant
  • Trap Earwigs

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