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On the Garden Path: Ornamental Grasses

Grasses belong to one of the largest and most varied families in the plant kingdom. Recently, different grass varieties are being incorporated in landscape plantings. Several reasons exist for this trend.First, ornamental grasses not only beautify the landscape, they also play an important role ...

On The Garden Path: Containers

Container gardening is ideal for gardeners who enjoy raising flowers and vegetables, but lack garden space. It is possible to grow lush flowers and productive vegetables in containers of different sizes, shapes and forms. In fact, plant containers placed on patios, decks, balconies, porches, ...

Garden Clippings: Autumn Planning

Autumn is the perfect time to plan for next season's annualsIt might seem odd, but this is the time of year I begin preparing for next season's annual planting. Not for my plantings at home, which I like to experiment with and either have a terrific splash or a horrific flop from the choices, ...

On The Garden Path

In summertime, when I visit my son in Dunkirk, N.Y., two patches of flowers in a garden catch my eye. I walk up and down the road past the garden many times during my stay, admiring the gorgeous flowers.One of the patches boasts big, bright coneflowers. I'm always tempted to ask the owners if I ...

Garden Clippings: Pine Wilt

I would bet that a large percentage of CAPPER'S readers lost an American elm in the last several decades, due to Dutch elm disease. There are still some old stalwarts scattered across the country that missed being infected or had a resistance to the disease, but what was once a tree for every ...

Garden Clippings: Reader Questions

GARDEN CLIPPINGSA growing stack of letters from CAPPER'S readers has prompted me to refrain from discussing some of my own personal gardening issues this month. In-stead, I will answer some of the questions I've received from CAPPER'S faithful readers.• Jo Dempsey, of Mankato, Kan., lost two ...

On The Garden Path: Trails

My love of walking has made me appreciate nature trails and county parks. I've always lived fairly close to Rice Creek, which meanders through southeast Anoka County, Minn., finally coming to the Mississippi River a few miles away. I'm thankful for the paths I walk, where there are many ...

Garden Clippings: Trellis Plants

My dad is hooked on gardening, even if he won't admit it. Almost yearly, I hear him say that he's going to turn the vegetable garden back to grass after the long summer has taken its toll on the crops. Each spring, as the fescue lawn is growing at its peak, he'll say he's going to let some of ...

Garden Clippings: Plant Names

Patient Lucy, Busy Lizzie and Sultana are the names for a very common garden plant. Some gardeners will recognize one or more of these names and the plant that they refer to, while others may not recognize the names at all and refer to this plant as impatiens.Names that we commonly call plants ...

The Butterfly Place Offers Beauty Up-Close

The Butterfly Place in Westford, Massachusetts, is an indoor butterfly garden that is housed within a 3,100-square-foot glass atrium that stands more than 27 feet high at its peak. It opened about 15 years ago, when owner George Leslie, a businessman and butterfly lover, sold his microfilm ...

Considered a Weed by Some, Asters Add Color to Garden

I used to think that asters were weedy plants that were too wild for a garden. I always thought they looked great mixed in with a field of goldenrod, though.Then I got a job at a greenhouse, potting up bare-root plants. After the aster roots were potted, I picked through the leavings and got ...

Plants for the Midwest

Every state has varying climates, which makes it unrealistic to say that a particular plant will do well across the region. For instance, in Kansas, on any given spring day, there could be a blizzard in the west that has shut down the interstate, and at the same time, it could be sunny and 70 ...

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