Northern & Central Midwest

March, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Striking BiColored Cornflower

National News

Cornflower or mountain bluet ( Centaurea montana ) is one of the staples in the midsummer perennial garden. This widely adapted plant has silver-green foliage and produces spider-like blue...

New Flowering Pear Tree

The Bradford flowering pear ( Pyrus calleryana ) is a standard urban street tree and great small-space flowering tree in many areas of the country. However, Bradford pear has one main drawback....

An Easy Way to Measure Sunlight

“Plant the right plant in the right place” is one of the mantras of garden design. One of the factors that we use in deciding where to place a plant is how much sun a particular spot can provide....

New Veggie Garden Planner

Winter is the perfect time to plan out the vegetable garden. Designing a garden used to entail sitting at the kitchen table with seed catalogs, pieces of graph paper, and pencils and sketching out...

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In the Garden


Plant a Rain Garden

Since we can't garden outdoors, how about enjoying the warmth of the hearth and doing some planning? An idea that seems to be catching on across the country, and especially in the Midwest, is to install a rain garden. A rain garden is a landscaped...
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Favorite or New Plant

Masterwort Masterwort i>Astrantia major is a lovely addition to the moist garden, rain garden or pond edge....

Clever Gardening Technique

Save Heat in That Cold Frame Cold frame season is coming. Save two-liter soda bottles and spray them with flat black paint....
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Regional Reminders

  • Make Attractive Plant Markers
  • Use Sphagnum Moss to Prevent Fungus
  • Be Ready for Asparagus Planting
  • Prune Trees and Shrubs
  • Purchase Onion Sets

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