Northern & Central Midwest

April, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Gardening For the Cure

National News

Smooth leaf hydrangeas ( Hydrangea arborescens ) are adaptable native shrubs that flourish in many parts of the country. And breeders have given us a host of beautiful cultivars to choose from....

A Dangerous Book

Be forewarned. The minute you open The Gardener's Color Palette , you can kiss your savings account goodbye. Because once you get a look at the stunning photographs of flowers by Clive Nichols...

Karmic Justice?

Anyone who gardens in the eastern U.S. is familiar with the Japanese beetle, that voracious consumer of just about anything green in the garden. It is one of the most destructive pests east of the...

A Helenium of a Different Color

Helenium, also known as sneezeweed, has long been a favorite for adding color to the late season garden. The daisy-like flowers with raised centers bloom in autumnal shades of orange, red, russet...

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In the Garden


That's Right - Worm Tubes!

I was made aware of an invention this week that absolutely amazed me. Evidently several people have been using "worm tubes" in their gardens. The premise is to have a place actually in the garden into which you can put vegetable scraps; the worms then...
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Web Finds

No Mow Grass Company The No Mow Grass Company sells "no-mow" grass seed, and they also have a great deal of...

Favorite or New Plant

Variegated Aralia The variegated aralia ( Acanthopanax sieboldianus 'Variegatus') is a lovely shrub with...
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Regional Reminders

  • Now-Mow Lawn
  • Move Houseplants Outdoors
  • Take Care of Spring Bulbs
  • Plant Perennials, Grasses, Roses
  • Plant Out Cool Annuals

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