Northern & Central Midwest

March, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Red and Pink Everblooming Hydrangeas

National News

Many gardeners in Northern climates have been enjoying the blue hydrangea ‘Endless Summer’ for a few years. Unlike most mophead hydrangeas ( Hydrangea macrophylla ), ‘Endless Summer’ blooms on new...

Dual-Use Water Nozzle

It’s time to start watering lawns and gardens. While conventional water nozzles produce a pressurized stream of water that’s good for washing cars and driveways, they aren’t the best for watering...

Unique Double-Flowered Hostas

Hostas are one of the most popular shade perennials. They’re carefree and easy to grow, and not only are there many variations of leaf color and pattern, the flowers on many varieties are...

Avoid Cypress Mulch

Hurricane Katrina’s destruction on the gulf coast extends beyond the houses and streets of New Orleans. It’s estimated that more than 64,000 acres of mature cypress forest was wiped out in the...

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In the Garden


Taking the Plunge

This year we're finally doing it. We're going to put in a pond. We have the perfect spot, and would really love to encourage frogs, salamanders, turtles, and all manner of creatures that thrive near water to take up residence there. Water is a...
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Favorite or New Plant

Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass Karl Foerster feather reed grass ( Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster') took me by...

Clever Gardening Technique

Homemade Drip Watering This idea may sound simplistic, but in an era when we are so concerned with conserving water, my...
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Regional Reminders

  • Cut Back Ornamental Grasses
  • Trust Your Rain Gauge
  • Take Advantage of Local Seminars
  • Plant Annual Vines
  • Plan a Kitchen Garden

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