Northern & Central Midwest

July, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Watermelons May Have Viagra-Like Effect

National News

Watermelons are favorite summer fruits that are loaded with antioxidants. Previous research touted watermelons as being high in lycopene, an antioxidant associated with heart, prostate, and skin...

New Dwarf Alamanda

Alamanda is a rambling, fragrant tropical vine that produces 3-inch-diameter yellow blossoms all summer. Most varieties of alamanda grow to 25 feet, so they are best grown on a pergola or trellis....

Versailles Gardens Go Green

The Gardens of Versailles are some of the most quintessential formal gardens in the world. Straight lines of ancient trees, well-trimmed hedges, and manicured lawns make up the bulk of these...

New Water-Saving Sprinkler System

With summer droughts hitting many areas and the price of water rising, many homeowners are looking for ways to save water. One of the biggest summer users of water is the automated lawn sprinkler...

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In the Garden

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Perennial Combinations

Midsummer is such a beautiful time, and I would like to share with you some flower combinations I've come across lately that have captured my attention. Perhaps you will be inspired to plant something new for next year. Rose Campion and Phlox The...
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Resources

Books

Perennial Garden Companions Roy Diblik, owner of Northwind Perennial Farm in Wisconsin, has been growing and teaching about...

Favorite or New Plant

Rose Campion Rose campion ( Lychnis coronaria ) is an old-fashioned garden flower, also known as mullein pink....
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Regional Reminders

  • Stop Pruning
  • Weed, Weed, Weed
  • Deadhead Lilies
  • Harvest Herbs
  • Look for Japanese Beetles

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