Build a Butterfly Garden in 9 Steps

Build a Butterfly Garden in 9 Steps

Building a butterfly garden should be on the list for every gardener. You can make your entire garden and landscape a butterfly garden or you can create a small, postage stamp garden specifically for butterflies. Anyone, even balcony gardeners can have a butterfly garden. You can have your own pollinator paradise in 9 easy steps. […]

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5 Easy to Grow Perennials that are Underused

5 Easy to Grow Perennials that are Underused

There are 5 easy to grow perennials that are vastly underused in our landscapes. As a landscape maintenance foreman, I travel across Northeast Kansas and Southeast Nebraska. While doing so, I observe multiple landscapes and their plantings. What I have found is that most landscapes use the same plant pallette, though different cultivars. It is […]

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Bleeding Hearts – April Plant of the Month

Bleeding Hearts – April Plant of the Month

The bleeding hearts are our 2021 Plant of the Month for April. I love these plants in my garden, as well as the native ones growing in the woods nearby. Each spring I look forward to their fern-like foliage, topped with pink, red, or white “hearts”. There are two separate genuses that the bleeding hearts […]

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Attracting Hummingbirds to the Garden

Attracting Hummingbirds to the Garden

Attracting hummingbirds is one of nearly every gardener’s dream. We all want these brightly colored, quick-moving birds flitting about in our gardens. Watching them sparring over mates and territory in the summer is as fascinating as watching the sunset in the Flint Hills of Kansas. But how do we attract hummingbirds to the garden? Can […]

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Replacing the Urban Tree Canopy – Post EAB

Replacing the Urban Tree Canopy – Post EAB

The urban tree canopy is failing. In many cities across eastern North America, gardeners and arborists find themselves in a situation. We need to replace the canopy of our urban forest, again. This has happened before, and we failed to learn from it. It happened after Dutch Elm Disease, and now it is happening again […]

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Coneflowers for the Garden

Coneflowers for the Garden

Coneflowers have long been one of the most widely planted flowers in our gardens. I have seen an explosion of cultivars in the last 15 years, making it very difficult to choose which to grow. It seems as if you get a favorite, then its pulled for a new color and size. But, with so […]

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Mallows in the Garden – Tropical Additions

Mallows in the Garden – Tropical Additions

Mallows in the garden can create a tropical-like atmosphere, if used correctly. I like to use the shrubs, perennials, and biennials that grow well in my region to create the desired look. Once they are in place, I can look to adding non-hardy tropicals such a palms and elephant’s ears to my garden experience. The […]

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Lawn Care – A Month by Month Guide

Lawn Care – A Month by Month Guide

Lawn care is not at the top of my personal list, but many gardeners think highly of their lawns. Growing a green lawn helps tie landscape beds together and provides a resting spot for the eyes. However, lawn care need not be overwhelming to the gardener. It should be a regular chore that gets done […]

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Hostas – Growing for Success in Shade

Hostas – Growing for Success in Shade

Hostas are one of America’s favorite shade garden plants. We have seem to have a love of plants and shade, and so hostas fit right in. There are some 6100 registered hosta cultivars across the world. They originate from Northeast Asia, mainly from Japan, China, and Korea. Being successful with hostas is a lot easier […]

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