Northern & Central Midwest

July, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Mildew Resistant Ninebark

National News

Varieties of eastern ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) , an eastern U.S. native shrub, have become popular landscape plants in recent years, beginning with the development of the cultivar...

All-American Daylilies

Daylilies are popular perennials for their ease of care and the astounding variety of sizes, flower forms, and colors they offer. But selecting the best varieties from among this abundance can be...

Cheyenne Spirit Coneflower

If you just can't make up your mind which of the many colors of coneflowers to grow, grow them all! Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit', just announced as a 2013 All-America Selections (AAS) Flower Award...

Award-Winning Rose

Rose lovers across the country will be excited to learn that All-America Rose Selections® (AARS) has just announced its winner for 2013. Francis Meilland™ (Rosa 'Meitroni') is a tall,...

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In the Garden



Much of the Midwest is in the midst of a hot dry summer, and there are a great many plants that are suffering from the lack of moisture. I'm going to borrow a term from the medical field to describe the process of helping alleviate the situation....
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Favorite or New Plant

Amish Paste Tomato This is not a new plant, but rather one that has been around for over a hundred years. The...

Clever Gardening Technique

Cover Your Beds Inexpensively You can construct a fairly simple cover system for raised beds with one inch PVC pipe. Simply...
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Regional Reminders

  • Check for Pests Daily
  • Trellis Cucumbers
  • Don't Fertilize in Times of Stress
  • Snip Herbs Regularly
  • Check Rain Barrels

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