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Hort in the Home Landscape

A blog devoted to sharing timely horticulture topics and answering the questions of gardeners and homeowners.
Surprise or Resurrection Lily

Surprise Lily

Plant of the week! This week's plant has been popping up everywhere in the past couple of weeks! It's the Surprise Lily or Resurrection Lily ( Lycoris squamigera ). The surprise lily is an interesting plant because the long, strap like leaves of this late summer-blooming bulb of the Amaryllis family will emerge in spring and then die back...

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Cicada killer adult-Photo courtesy of Phil Nixon

Cicada Killers: More Fright Than Bite

I've heard numerous tales in the past couple of weeks about a giant wasp digging holes in gardener's landscapes or other tales of a giant insect flying by carrying another insect. You'd think it was a scene of a horror movie the way they describe it. But don't despair, these sightings are simply the cicada killer. According to our state entomology specialist, Phil Nixon, cicada killer w...

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Stone soup garden
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Theme Gardens for Children and School Gardens

At the National Children and Youth Garden Symposium in Denver, CO this year I got the opportunity to tour a lot of great, well established school gardens throughout the city. One of the common points that stuck out to me was the use of themed gardens. Theme gardens are a great way to make the gardens more relatable for the kids and it helps get them excited about gardening. What kid doe...

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Frost tolerant
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It's Not Too Late for a Fall Vegetable Garden

Are you a procrastinator like me who just hasn't gotten around to planting your vegetables for a fall harvest yet? Well don't despair. There is still time to get a few things planted. Vegetables are grouped into categories based on how much cold they can tolerate. When we're thinking about a fall garden, the plants listed as very hardy or frost tolerant are the crops we...

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Bronze colored Amaranthus caudatus
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Plant of the week! Another annual plant inspiration brought on by my Rotary Botanical Gardens visit, this week's featured plant is Amaranth ( Amaranthus caudatus ). The bronze colored amaranth placed in the monochromatic annual borders was just beautiful! There are many species of Amaranthus. All have edible leaves, some are grown for grains, some can be...

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Popcorn Plant

Plant of the Week! This week's plant is of interest because of its fragrance! Ever experienced a plant that smells like popcorn? Me either, until I came across the Popcorn Plant ( Cassia didymobotrya ) this week in the children's garden at the Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, WI. Various sources online also call this the peanut butter cassia, but it defini...

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