Northern & Central Midwest

February, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Award-Winning Roses

National News

There are literally hundreds of rose varieties available for gardeners to plant. In order to help us choose the best ones, the All-America Rose Selections organization tests new varieties for two...

A Deer Control Roundup

Deer are a big problem for gardeners in many areas of the country. While there are a plethora of home and commercial remedies and deterrent methods available, it can be hard to differentiate...

A Better Solution for Powdery Mildew

For a number of years baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) sprays have been recommended for controlling powdery mildew and black spot fungal diseases on roses, phlox, and other garden plants. Baking...

New Arabian Lilac

Lilacs ( Syringa sp.) are popular ornamental shrubs in many northern gardens. The Arabian lilac ( Vitex trifolium purpurea ‘Fascination’), while not a true lilac, is a good alternative for...

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In the Garden


Unusual Succulents

It may be cold and snowy outside, but we can certainly have our bright spots indoors with fun and unique houseplants. There is a plethora of interesting plants that don't take up much room and add a new look to our display of houseplants. I've...
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Web Finds

Succulent Plant Page The Succulent Plant Page has a wealth of information on growing these interesting, delightful...


Complete Book of Cacti & Succulents The Complete Book of Cacti & Succulents , by Terry Hewitt, (DK Publishing, 1997; $20), is not an...
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Regional Reminders

  • Give Cacti and Succulents a Winter Rest
  • Time Your Pruning Correctly
  • Don't Let Deer Devastate Your Plants
  • Sow Onion Seeds
  • Start Flower Seeds Indoors

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