Northern & Central Midwest

May, 2013
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Zinnias in Profusion

National News

The Profusion series of zinnias are garden favorites, appreciated for their profuse flowering all summer long, their disease resistance, and their compact size. So gardeners across the country...

Intense 'Intenz'

If you’'re looking for something to add pizzazz to your container plantings or garden beds this summer, check out Celosia 'Intenz', a new offering from Ball Ingenuity. But you better put on your...

A Peach of a Blueberry

Blueberries may be the ideal home garden fruit. Not only are the fruits delicious and filled with healthful phytonutrients, they are easy to grow, with few pest and disease problems, and the...

A Hydrangea for Small Spaces

If you love the lush summer blooms of panicle hydrangea, but are challenged to find a spot for it in your landscape because of its size, you'll be happy to learn of a new dwarf cultivar from...

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In the Garden


Ornamental Grasses in the Low Maintenace Garden

Gardeners are using more and more ornamental grasses in the landscape, not only for their year-round beauty and interest, but also because of their versatility, durability, and low maintenance. The subtle colors of both foliage and flower heads span the...
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Favorite or New Plant

Rugosa Rose 'Frau Dagmar Hastrup' Trouble-free rugosa roses are one of the easiest landscape roses to grow in the Midwest. One of...

Web Finds

Illinois Best Plants Check out the Chicago Botanic Garden's Illinois Best Plants database for good information on...
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Regional Reminders

  • Watch for Aphids
  • Harden Warm-Season Transplants
  • Move Houseplants
  • Thin Fruit Trees
  • Mow Lawns Frequently

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