Northern & Central Midwest

October, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Better Berry-Bearing Viburnum

National News

Fall is celebrated for its colorful foliage, and in addition many trees and shrubs exhibit beautiful berries at this time of year. Viburnum shrubs produce fall berries in colors ranging from black...

Flowers in the Home Keep Us Happy

There’s nothing better for brightening your day than receiving a bouquet of flowers, but does having flowers around your home on a regular basis change your mood and make you happier? Researcher...

No-Bend Bulb Planter

Fall planting of spring bulbs is in full swing in many areas of the country, and one tool that can make planting easier is a long-handled bulb planter. To use this tool, you push the cylinder into...

Winter-Hardy Camellia

Camellias are prized shrubs in the south for their snow-white blossoms and glossy evergreen leaves. Now, with the introduction of 'Winter's Snowman' Ice Angel camellia, gardeners north of the...

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In the Garden


A New Cottage Garden

I've always loved the look of a cottage garden that combines annual and perennial flowers, vegetables, herbs, and fruits, but never felt I had the room to add one. Next year will be different. Even though we've had our first freeze, there's still so...
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Web Finds

Texas A&M Horticulture Designing the Country Cottage Garden is a good, no-nonsense how-to article. Henry Flowers gives...

Favorite or New Plant

Swiss Chard 'Bright Lights' I love Swiss chard in almost any form, and the lovely 'Bright Lights' variety gives a bounty of...
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Regional Reminders

  • Bring Perishable Garden Products Indoors
  • Use Shredded Leaves for Mulch
  • Cut Back Perennials
  • Take Care of Indoor Plants
  • Fertilize Grass

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