Your Midwest Garden: An Owner's Manual by Jan Riggenbach

By Jan Riggenbach

It’s a unprecedented midwesterner who doesn’t develop whatever, even if potted vegetation on a porch, caged tomato vines, a blooming border, or a solitary rose. And it’s a fair rarer midwestern gardener who isn’t occasionally flummoxed by means of extremes of climate, pesky bugs and protracted illnesses, or basic questions about what to plant the place. for almost 4 a long time, Jan Riggenbach has given those gardeners solutions, in addition to a weekly dose of light humor and clever advice, in her extensively syndicated newspaper column, Midwest Gardening. Your Midwest Garden attracts on those columns to provide readers in America’s heartland the entire gardening info they wish and wish, besides lots they won't even suspect they’re missing.

Annuals and perennials, shrubs and vines, vegetables and fruit, wildflowers, bulbs, and herbs: As readable because it turns out to be useful, this booklet experiences the universal, reconsiders outdated favorites, and introduces dozens of bizarre and seldom-grown crops excellent for Midwest gardens and landscapes. Illustrated with colour images from the author’s backyard, it presents pointers on plant placement and care, beginning seeds and making compost, matching specimens and websites, scuffling with bugs and ailments, simplifying backyard chores, designing for iciness attractiveness, and myriad alternative ways of enriching and having fun with your Midwest backyard.

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It comes in your choice of large or small leaves that are silver, chartreuse, or variegated. Plant licorice in sun or partial shade. Numerous varieties of plectranthus, all cousins of the once-popular Swedish ivy, come in an array of colors. Like Swedish ivy, all are easy to grow in sun or partial shade. One is called simply Golden, though it actually looks more chartreuse than gold. It combines beautifully with dark colors in a mixed container. BEST BET When the weather turns hot, tropical plants thrive.

Chartreuse. Silver. Red. Yellow. Pink. White. You can have them all in the garden, without a single flower. Plants with colorful foliage are in style, just like they were in Victorian times, only now we have a larger selection. I especially enjoy pairing a couple of plants with contrasting foliage colors in containers. Then the pots look great even if nothing in them is blooming. Persian shield is one of my favorites. Who could resist its deep purple leaves with a beautiful metallic silver sheen?

Delicate looking but tough as nails, October daphne thrives in sun or partial shade. It requires only a well-drained soil. Butterflies adore it. BLOOMS FOR ALL SEASONS SPRING Barrenwort (Epimedium species and hybrids) Hardy to USDA zone 4 Bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis, syn. Dicentra spectabilis) Hardy to USDA zone 3 Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) Hardy to USDA zone 3 Foamflower (Tiarella wherryi and hybrids) Hardy to USDA zone 3 Iris (Bearded iris hybrids and Iris siberica) Hardy to USDA zone 4 Lenten rose (Helleborus × hybridus) Hardy to USDA zone 4 36 PERENNIALS Lungwort (Pulmonaria saccharata) Hardy to USDA zone 3 Pasque flower (Pulsatilla patens) Hardy to USDA zone 3 Peony (Paeonia hybrids) Hardy to USDA zone 3 SUMMER Astilbe (A.

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