Northern & Central Midwest

August, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Unusual Variegated Spurge

National News

Variegated plants are hot, but sometimes they can be finicky to grow. The new variegated-leaved spurge sets a new standard, with its unique shape and interesting flowers combined with drought...

Plant Misting Made Easy

During the hot days of summer, plants benefit from a misting of cool water, just like we do. The Plant Mister makes spritzing plants a breeze. It’s ideal for misting outdoor or indoor plants to...

A Quicker, Cleaner Oil Change

It's recommended that homeowners change the oil in lawn mowers, tillers, and tractors at least once during the growing season. Changing the oil regularly prevents engine overheating and wear,...

Using Willows to Root Roses

Late summer is the perfect time to take softwood cuttings of roses and other woody shrubs to create new plants for spring. While the timing and technique is important when propagating woody shrubs...

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In the Garden


Variegated Foliage Can Set Your Garden Apart

Color ... it's what we all want in a garden, right? But in spite of the amazing array of flower colors, an aspect that we don't always plan for is the color of foliage. Japanese gardens take the concept of designing a garden with only foliage to...
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Shows & Events

The Care of Woody Ornamentals Familiarize yourself with the benefits of trees and the major issues of trees in our landscapes...

Favorite or New Plant

'Black Pearl' Ornamental Pepper 'Black Pearl' pepper is a striking plant with maroon to black foliage. The more sun the plant...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Fall Crops
  • Plant Bush Beans
  • Hunt for Hornworms
  • Water!
  • Care for Raspberries

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