Northern & Central Midwest

May, 2014
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Red Swan Bush Beans

National News

Edible landscaping is a concept that's here to stay. No longer is the food garden relegated to a rectangle of plants in straight rows tucked into an out-of-the-way spot in the backyard. Gardeners,...

Sweet Orange Impatiens

Impatiens has long been a favorite choice for all summer color in the shade garden. But unfortunately in the past few years a new disease called downy mildew of impatiens has decimated plantings...

Pop in a Winterberry

Winterberry, a deciduous member of the Holly clan, is popular for adding fall and winter color to the landscape with its bright red berries. But most varieties of Ilex verticillata are large...

Spotlight on Youth Gardens: Chicago Youth Center

In a crime-ridden neighborhood in Chicago, the Chicago Youth Center's (CYC) Sunshine Garden, a recipient of the National Gardening Association's 2014 Youth Garden Grant, provides a safe haven for...

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In the Garden

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Pinch an Inch for Flowers

Here's a common late spring scene. You arrive home from your local garden center or greenhouse with 6-pack or flats of annuals like petunias and marigolds to set in the garden. The plants are already in bloom, and you're imagining how colorful your...
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Resources

Favorite or New Plant

Dichondra Dichondra micrantha, also called kidneyweed, is a perennial ground cover where it grows in its...

Clever Gardening Technique

Use Movable Trellises to Make House Maintenance Easier When it's time to paint your house, do you have a love-hate relationship with trellises...
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Regional Reminders

  • Pinch First-Year Strawberry Blossoms
  • Plant Warm Season Crops
  • Take Care of Your Peonies
  • Nip Rose Problems in the Bud
  • Monitor Container Plants for Moisture

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