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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.
2014-05-30 08 21 50

POTW: Bearded Iris

Plant of the Week The irises are blooming beautifully in my garden and it seems in everyone else's gardens right now! The Bearded Iris ( Iris x hybrida ) is looking particularly great. According to the American Iris Society, iris can be classified into three separate groups: Bearded Irises, Aril Irises and Beardless Irises....

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2014-05-27 19 51 19

Are Ants Really Required to Help Open Peony Buds?

As gardeners I'm sure many have heard the folk tale that ants are needed to help open up the buds on your peonies. I've always heard this as well, but logically, never believed that to be true. In my head I just always pictured muscled up ants prying open the peony buds. Not very likely. Well after checking with various Extension sources, it's been confirmed. Ants are not necessary to t...

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2014-05-17 18 49 26

POTW: Bridalwreath Spirea

Plant of the week is back! This week I'm featuring the Bridalwreath Spirea ( Spiraea prunifolia or Spiraea vanhouttei) . You may have noticed it's lovely white flowers blooming now. Bridalwreath spirea has clusters of white, double flowers in mid to late spring with branches that arch gracefully. It's best grown in full sun with moist, well-drain...

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Going Beyond Impatiens for the Shade

Posted by Candice Hart - Diseases

Have you noticed less Garden Impatiens ( Impatiens walleriana ), being sold in local garden centers this year? If so, this is due to a recent disease outbreak on impatiens called Downy Mildew of Impatiens ( Plasmopara obducens) . In 2011, the U of I Plant Clinic began receiving reports that downy mildew was a problem in landscapes in the Chicago area. The disease has conti...

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