Growing The Midwest Garden

Growing The Midwest Garden
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Edward Lyon grew up in the Midwest so understands much about the plants, environment, and climate. He encourages gardeners to educate themselves on their region, soil and its geography before selecting plants for a garden.  He does an excellent job of giving specific suggestions of plants that are best suited for a certain area. Much of what he writes about is based on his own experiences of trial and error, which is truly valuable! The information can save a gardener time and money. ISBN-13: 978-1-60469-495-6Cover Type: HardcoverPublisher: Timber Press.

Sky Rocket Fountain Grass

Sky Rocket Fountain Grass
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Fast-Growing, Decorative Grass There’s nothing like decorative grasses to lend unique texture to your landscape, and Sky Rocket Fountain Grass is a wonderful variety that you won’t want to miss this year! Sky Rocket features a lovely, vase-like shape for your garden with a gentle, arching nature to its long foliage. Each narrow blade of grass is vibrant green with delightfully white-striped margins. This fast-growing grass erupts out from the base and extends upward, until forming a gentle arc as it travels back down toward the ground. In mid-summer, gorgeous smoky-pink blooms shoots up above the foliage–eye-catching, fuzzy blossoms to dance upon the breeze! The blooms mature to a creamy tone, persisting into mid-fall. Seed heads follow as the grass browns for its winter visage. Your Sky Rocket Fountain Grass will grow up to 3 feet tall with an equal spread. It looks spectacular in a mass planting and is sometimes used en masse for erosion control. It can even be used in containers on your patio, providing vertical height and definition amid lower plantings. If your temperature never gets below 15 degrees Fahrenheit, then you can treat this as a perennial. Otherwise, wait for the grass to turn brown and you can cut it back or remove it. However, leaving the dried grass and seed heads can create quite a beautiful vision for your winter landscape. Decorative grasses will always be an elegant, yet natural way to enhance the home landscape. Sky Rocket Fountain Grass is a preeminent example of the type of decorative grass sure to enhance your home this year. * Decorative foliage* Long blooming summer flowers* Year round interest* Semi-evergreen* Fast growing.

Flaming Mound Spirea

Flaming Mound Spirea
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Compact Explosion of Color Flaming Mound Spiraea is a deciduous shrub with ornamental features.  It would look particularly stunning planted en masse, in a rock garden or perhaps even as a single planting in your perennial bed amid less-colorful plants. Your Flaming Mound Spiraea has a lot to offer for such a diminutive shrub.  Just as its name implies, it will appear as a ‘flaming mound” of brilliant color in your landscape.  You’ll adore the colorful foliage this remarkable, little shrub provides.  Each tiny leaf begins life with a blazing red shade, transitioning to yellow and returning again to red for autumn.  The contrast of the summer foliage with the long-lasting flowers is exquisite.  Large, 4-inch round corymbs of deep pink flowers adorn Flaming Mound from late spring and into summer, blanketing it in color and texture.    You can extend the bloom of your Flaming Mound with some simple deadheading, but the lovely foliage will continue to provide interest even after the flowers have faded.  Flaming Mound Spiraea will grow to 2 feet in height with an equal spread.  It’s known for its dwarf habit and has a mounding form.  Flaming Mound is adaptive to a variety of conditions and is quite hardy overall.  It’s considered a fast-growing shrub so you won’t have to wait long to see results, and the flowers are even useful for craft projects (or just used as a floral display on your kitchen table).  There are so many fabulous features of Flaming Mound Spiraea that it’s easy to suggest that most gardeners will want one for their yards.  Under ideal conditions, it will even live up to 20 years so it’s a great investment in an ornamental shrub that is fast-growing, hardy and beautiful. * Summer flowers * Fast growing * Great cut flower * Works in containers * Adaptive to a variety of soils * Fall interest.

Small-Space Container Gardens

Small-Space Container Gardens
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Fern Richardson guides you through the process of a major makeover. It can be a patio, porch, small yard, or even a balcony! This book is written in an easy to understand style, encourages beginner gardeners, and is highly recommended for those who have limited space to garden. Richardson details how to use container plants to attract butterflies, grow a privacy vine, or cultivate your own food. He includes valuable information on the care and environment of plants as well. Richardson’s book on Small-Space Container Gardens includes beautiful photographs to browse, which helps in making the right choices for successful gardening. This book will help any gardener transform small spaces by using the right plants, and thus, creating a lush looking area. If you want to improve the looks of a certain location in your yard, this is the book to read! ISBN-13: 978-1-60469-241-9Cover Type: PaperbackPublisher: Timber Press.

Acoma Crape Myrtle

Acoma Crape Myrtle
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Romantic elegance for your garden!  Crape Myrtles always add elegance and form to a garden, as well as great summer flower color at eye-level. Acoma Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica x faueri ‘Acoma’) is a full, thick shrub that is often pruned to become a 7 foot tall and wide tree that makes a striking statement shrub.  Crape Myrtles are often tree-like, but Acoma is a nice rounded shrub. This means that when it is pruned into a tree form (as it is most often) it has a full head that can be wider than it is tall, giving the shrub a stunning bouquet-of-flowers look. The pure white crinkled and ruffled flower clusters hang a little lower than other crapes, to a very romantic effect.  The flowers come on strong in mid-summer and last to fall. The leaves bust out light green in the spring, darkening-up in the summer and then turning deep jewel-tone shades of red and purple in the fall. As the tree ages the bark gets a gorgeous “peeling” look to it, making it very interesting all winter.  Highly resistant to disease and mildews, Acoma always looks clean and healthy.  Acoma Crape Myrtle trees will grow and thrive even in the hottest and driest gardens, loving the heat and resistant to drought once they are established.  The season long flowers and dramatic and beautiful foliage make this a romantic showstopper in the garden. It’s guaranteed to add a little glamour to your home from spring through the first frosts. Nature Hills has the best Acoma Crape Myrtle’s for sale, but they’re so popular they don’t last long!  * Long-blooming pure white flowers* Disease resistant and always looks clean and healthy* Excels in hot, sunny locations* Drought resistant* Thrives in all soil types.

Butterfly Daisy

Butterfly Daisy
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The Daisy Butterfly, ‘Argyranthemum frutescens’, is a fantastic release from Proven Winners. The Daisy ‘Butterfly’ is a heat-tolerant marguerite Daisy with oomph. ‘Butterfly’ produces canary-yellow flowers throughout the summer ­ even without deadheading. Daisy’s require a sunny spot with fertile, well-drained soil and should be kept well watered in the summer. Daisy’s may be used as a cut flower and they are excellent in window boxes, pots, and rock gardens. The Daisy is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds, plus they are resistant to deer. These Daisys are winter hardy to USDA Zones 10-11 and they are grown as an annual in other cooler climatic zones. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage additional bloom. The deeply cut, dark green leaves are aromatic when bruised. For zones 9-11, this plant can also be a perennial..

Blue Boa Anise Hyssop

Blue Boa Anise Hyssop
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The perfect finishing touch for your garden!  Like an expensive string of pearls or a fancy feather boa, Agastache Blue Boa provides that certain ‘something special’ to your garden beds and borders. Blue Boa is a lovely gentian-blue-leaning-to-lavender color that complements every other color in your garden. Many long-time landscape designers claim that every garden should be bordered in blue, instead of green or white, and very flew plants with blue flowers are as excellent for bedding as agastache. Agastache in general is a healthy perennial that is covered in flower spikes from early summer to late fall. Blue Boa particularly is an award-winning cultivar that is tremendously heat and humidity tolerant and will bloom for you early and often. The 5” tall flower spikes are a haven for hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators but not palatable to rabbits and deer. The scented leaves are very palatable to humans, though, and are great for flavoring drinks! Agastache Blue Boa is very easy care and will reliably return year after year for you. All they really ask for is a sunny spot with great drainage. Try them in a big garden pot, too! Don’t let another season go by without the beautiful blue spikes of Agastache Blue Boa topping off your garden. Order yours today! * Fragrant * Birds, butterflies and bees love the flowers * Tolerates hot, dry sites * Great in containers * Deer and rabbit resistant.

Little Adder Anise Hyssop

Little Adder Anise Hyssop
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A compact grower that smells like candy! Agastache Rugosa ‘Little Adder’ is sweet little plant with beautiful flowers, pretty leaves and a smell like fresh-made licorice. You know your mouth just started watering! Little Adder is a compact version of the much-loved Black Adder Agastache with all of the same great qualities, just in a smaller package. Tons of violet-blue flower spikes explode all over the plant from summer well into the fall. As a bonus, when the leaves are crushed they release an unmistakable licorice scent into the air. And as a bonus-bonus the flowers are edible! Try them as a garnish on soups or salads or on appetizers. Little Adder is easily grown in dry soil where other plants won’t thrive. Once established these are hardy drought, deer and rabbit resistant flowers that look great in groups, as a border or in a pot. They are beautiful wherever you put them. They make pretty cut flowers too!Don’t miss out on these sweet flowers in your garden this year. Buy your Little Adder Agastache now! * Compact* Loves dry soil* Smells like licorice* Heavy blooms all season.

Cuphea Lavender Lace

Cuphea Lavender Lace
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Great in Mass Plantings and in Containers The Cuphea Lavender Lace, ‘Cuphea rosea’, is a Proven Selections plant that is used in combos and containers. Lavender Lace can be used as a landscape or ornamental plant. They produce masses of purple flowers from spring through fall. Summers heat will not stop these unique flowers. In warm climates it is an ever blooming perennial. The stems become slightly woody, arching and weather tough conditions. Place them in well drained soil and then look for Hummingbirds as they begin to flower. Pinching in early summer will promote branching. For zones 9-11, this plant can also be a perennial. * Months of blooms spring through fall* Thrives in heat* Easy to grow .

Pocahontas Lilac

Pocahontas Lilac
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 Extend Your Lilac Season With This Fast Grower The Pocahontas Lilac is very showy and fragrant. It would make a lovely screen and is beautiful as a focal point. Your Pocahontas Lilac is an extremely vigorous, cold hardy, upright plant that is an early bloomer to extend your Lilac season. The Pocahontas Lilac blooms earlier and longer than most Lilacs. From spring through fall it will be covered in large clusters of rich violet booms, then fade to a pretty deep lilac color. All the while displaying dense, dark green leaves. Plant the Pocahontas somewhere in your landscape so you can truly enjoy it. Near a patio or walk perhaps so you can revel in the outstanding fragrance, the butterflies and hummingbirds. The Pocahontas Lilac will tolerate some shade but it will flower more profusely in full sun. The blooms make excellent cut flowers for bouquets and will bring the color and scent of spring into your house. Plant this showy and fragrant Lilac in your yard for an outstandingly long show of color and fragrance. * Fragrant* Long blooming* Low maintenance  .

Petit Bleu™ Bluebeard

Petit Bleu™ Bluebeard
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Small Shrub with Late Season Color Petit Bleu Bluebeard is a tiny, deciduous shrub with ornamental appeal.  These look wonderful in a mixed border, a perennial bed or as part of a wildlife garden.  You could also effectively use a few as container plants on your patio.  Your Petit Bleu Bluebeard is a Proven Winners selection, and it’s easy to understand why it’s such a popular choice.  When many of your summer flowers have begun their decline, Petit Bleu Bluebeard will be ready to being its show.  From late summer and into fall, this delicate, little shrub will be an asset to not only the ornamental appeal of your yard, but also to the butterflies and other pollinators seeking a late season treat.  Clusters of petite, blue flowers amid tall stalks will rise up above the vibrant green of the glossy, mounded foliage.  Even the foliage itself is of interest, and a light brush of your hand will release its aromatic appeal. Petit Bleu Bluebeard will grow to about 30-inches tall with a 24-inch spread.  It has a compact, tight growth habit, and does best in loose, well-drained soils.  Petit Bleu is drought-tolerant once established and deer resistant.  It has no significant disease or insect issues to be concerned with.  It will grow beautifully in its natural state, but doesn’t mind pruning if you’d like to take a hand in its shaping.    Petit Bleu Bluebeard certainly gives a lot back for the small amount of space and time it requires.  With Petit Bleu, you’ll get a great return on your investment! * Late season bloom * Aromatic foliage * Wildlife interest * Hardy.

Sunjoy® Gold Beret Barberry

Sunjoy® Gold Beret Barberry
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A Unique Barberry with Outstanding Color The Sunjoy Gold Beret Barberry is a unique low mounding shrub, with outstanding color. It’s an excellent choice to place anywhere in your landscape that needs a bright shot of color. Your Sunjoy Gold Beret Barberry will provide multi seasonal color. It shows off its new red foliage in the spring, and then it turns a striking bright yellow-gold for the summer; sure to be an eye-catcher anywhere in the yard. In fall it will transform again to a brilliant orange-red. The Sunjoy Gold Beret Barberry is petite, perfect for tight spaces, as a border or in mass plantings. This would beautiful in front of an evergreen privacy screen. The bright yellow and red against dark emerald green would be a stunning contrast of color and texture. This low mounding shrub needs no maintenance. It is drought and pollutant tolerant which makes it a great choice in city homes that don’t have much room. It’s also deer resistant, and although it can withstand light shade you will see the very best show of color when planted in full sun. The Sunjoy Gold Beret Barberry is a small shrub that provides big drama. It can fit anywhere in your landscape and is sure to be an attention getter. * No maintenance* Deer resistant* Seasonal color.

Pixwell Gooseberry

Pixwell Gooseberry
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Hardy Shrub with Edible Fruit  Gooseberry is not a common fruit in America and that’s a shame. Fresh gooseberries are a real treat. They have a taste that can be sour grape-y, or like fresh apples or plums, or like tropical fruit, depending on when you harvest them. Among gooseberries, the Pixwell Gooseberry is a top performer. Pixwell is a handsome shrub from spring to fall all on its own, but it is made all the more valuable because it provides delectable edible fruit from July to September. Pick them green or be patient and wait while they change from red to plum colored. The longer you wait, the sweeter they become. Most often they are picked right between the green and red stages when they are nice and firm and then they are used for sweet/tart wine, pies and preserves.   Your Pixwell Gooseberry will grow up to 6 feet tall in a sunny spot. Pixwell looks great planted in a group along a fence, or planted singly as a spotlight in your garden. It’s almost thornless, mildew resistant and easy to prune. It has a spring bloom of flowers that you probably won’t notice. However, bees and butterflies certainly will, making this plant a valuable asset to your yard’s wildlife in the spring as well as in the fall. Gooseberries have been prized for generations, and this variety will be an outstanding asset to your garden and kitchen pantry. The more plants you buy, the more fruit you’ll have! * Nutritious berries * Hardy * Beneficial to wildlife.

All That Glows™ Arrowwood Viburnum

All That Glows™ Arrowwood Viburnum
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You’ve Never Seen Shinier Leaves! All That Glows Viburnum (Viburnum bracteatum ‘SMVDBL’ PPAF) is the sister to All That Glitters Viburnum. (Clever, huh?) You’ll need them both if you want this hardworking garden staple to perform to its full ability. When both are planted in your garden they act as pollinators for each other (thank you bees!) and what you get are two shrubs that produce masses of beautiful white flowers in the spring/early summer and loads of glossy blue berries in late summer. The birds can’t stay away! All That Glows has very glossy leaves that actually shine in the sun. It makes quite a handsome presence in the landscape. The large white flower clusters blanket the plant in early summer. This is followed by tons of shiny blue fruit that wild birds can’t get enough of. This is an easy-care plant that is smaller than most viburnums. It is well-suited for hedges, foundation plantings and screens. Use it as a backdrop for all your garden perennials. This is really a “plant-it-and-forget-it” easy-care shrub. It glows in full sun, but handles semi-shade without a problem. Replace some of your ageing shrubs and light up your landscape with a few plants of All That Glows Viburnum from Nature Hills. * Glossy leaves* Showy flowers* Bird-attracting berries.

Clematis Rubens

Clematis Rubens
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Soft Pink Cloud Clematis Rubens, Clematis montana ‘Rubens’, is a Chinese species that produces masses of soft pink 2.5 flowers that look very attractive against the dark bronze-green foliage. It was awarded Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit! Clematis montana ‘Rubens’ needs a supporting structure to grow properly and it is easy to grow with a rich, porous, alkaline soil that has plenty of room for the roots to spread.  It looks beautiful growing through large trees or conifers and can obtain a height over 10 feet! Best performance is when the tops are in full sunlight and the roots are shaded, so apply generous mulch or a shallow-rooted ground cover near the base of the vine.  Prune only after flowering is completed by removing any weak or dead stems Clematis ‘Rubens’ is a reliable performer once established; it take a season or two to get going! The first Clematis to bloom each year, the Clematis ‘Rubens’ has a vanilla-like scent that is absolutely unforgettable! *Petite Soft Pink Flowers*Masses of Blooms*Dark Bronze Green Foliage .