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  • hollyhocks
    Growing hollyhocks for happy gardens
    Tall and stately, hollyhocks have graced gardens for hundreds of years. Although not as popular now as they used to be, hollyhocks are a country charmer for gardeners who admire the cottage garden look or who are nostalgic for the old fashioned...
  • coleus
    Growing coleus for color in the shade
    Shade gardeners rely on foliage color more than flowers to provide color. For continuous color in the shade nothing beats coleus. This easy to care for plant with a wide range of foliage colors and leaf forms is a must for every shade gardener....
  • Blue Morning Glories
    True blue flowers to make your garden look bigger
    Blue flowers belong to the cool color group (along with purple) and create the illusion of space. If you have a small garden, blue flowers will draw the eye and make the area look larger than it really is. Consider tall blue flower, like morning...
  • daylily
    Growing the common daylily
    This beautiful flower, the Common Orange Daylily,(Hemerocallis fulva ), is not native to North America, even though it’s often considered a wildflower. They are thought to be escaped hybrids of European or Asian daylilies that flourished...
  • Bartram’s Garden: Ever evolving
    Bartram’s Garden: Ever evolving
    Certainly the evolution of Bartram’s Garden is expected, as this waterfront property is bound to go through changes during its 230-year history. The newest changes are not only of plants, for which Bartram’s Garden is known, but also,...
  • hosta
    How to grow hosta
    When modern gardeners plant hostas it’s not about the flowers, although hosta flowers can be spectacular. Fifty years ago hostas were called Plantain Lilies or Funkia, ( now there’s an odd name), and they were grown for their late...
  • pineapple lily
    Grow a pineapple lily
    Do you like the unusual in your garden? Then the Pineapple Lily or Eucomis may be just the thing for you. Easy to grow and not bothered by pests, the Pineapple Lily is also a good plant for those who have a brown thumb. They are a plant that plant...
  • Why doesn't my spider plant have babies?
    Why doesn't my spider plant have babies?
    If you dream of a lush green spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) covered with cascading babies you may have assumed all your needed to do was buy a plant and wait for it to begin its magic. You probably realized after several months that it wasn&...
  • The robust marigold
    Marigolds: An Easy Addition to the Garden
    As we plan the summer garden, many of us look for unusual, eye-catching varieties to add to our beds and borders. One such specimen can be the easy to grow marigold. A member of the Asterceae family, this long-lasting summer favorite may now be...
  • Jewelweed
    Growing the wild impatiens
    While most gardener’s think of impatiens as tender perennials that last one season in the garden, and that you buy in the garden shop, there are a few types of impatiens that are wild things, some native, and some introduced. Our native...
  • hardy hibiscus
    Growing Hardy Hibiscus
    Hibiscus moscheutos, the hardy hibiscus, is often confused with Rose of Sharon, or with tropical hibiscus.If you like gaudy, showy, outrageously flashy flowers then hardy hibiscus is the plant you want to grow. Rose Mallow, as it is often called,...
  • Easy to grow nasturtium
    Nasturtium: easy to grow edible flower
    When adding special touches to the summer garden, remember to include edible flowers.. These are becoming more popular as interest in organic gardening grows.Nasturtium is one such long-lasting, edible flower that is easy to grow. Whatever spicy...
  • spider plant
    Growing spider plants inside and outside
    The spider plant ( Chlorophytum comosum) is one of the easiest houseplants to grow. You might consider them house “weeds”. They are excellent air cleaning plants and were sent to space because of that trait as well as their ease of...
  • The variations of animals and plants
    The variations of animals and plants
    One thing biologists know and agree with is that there are many variations of different kinds of animals and plants. These secular biologists go by what is called a species. Charles Darwin in his book "On the Origin of Species" (short...
  • Madison area plant sales for the month of May
    Madison area plant sales for the month of May
    Gardeners in the Madison area have ample plant sales to choose from in May. A bonus four frequenting these sales is your dollars help to benefit area plant societies and garden clubs, arboretums and city parks. The gardeners on hand at these...
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