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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.
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Maple Tar Spot Starting to Appear

Posted by Candice Hart - Diseases

The questions about Maple Tar Spot have started to come in to our local Extension offices, which is a standard occurrence this time of year. Several different fungi in the genus Rhytisma infect the leaves of maples and cause raised, black spots to form on upper leaf surfaces. The diseases are called "tar spots" because their appearance so closely resembles droplets of tar on le...

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POTW: Potentilla

Plant of the Week! This week's plant is a lovely shrub, the Shrubby Cinquefoil or Potentilla , ( Potentilla fruticosa ). I have this shrub surrounding my mailbox and its blooming now with lovely yellow blooms. The great feature of the potentilla is its adaptability. It prefers a full sun location with moist, well-drained soils best, but...

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POTW: Black Eyed Susan and Septoria Leaf Spot

Plant of the Week! If there ever was a quint-essential perennial that instantly reminds me of summer, it's got to be the Black Eyed Susan ( Rudbeckia fulgida ). This dependable perennial is blooming beautifully right now. More than likely if you've got black eyed susans in your landscape, it's the 'Goldsturm' cultivar. 'Goldsturm' grows a...

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POTW: Perennial Hibiscus

Plant of the Week! This week I'm featuring the Perennial or Hardy Hibiscus ( Hibiscus mosheutos ). Many gardeners are familiar with the tropical hibiscus ( Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ) that many of us grow as houseplants in the winter and set outside for the summer, or the shrub hibiscus, better known as Rose-of-Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus...

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Master Gardeners making a giant flower in the Botany Lesson

Fall Master Gardener Training Offered in Ogle County!

Posted by Candice Hart - Programs

University of Illinois Extension is pleased to announce that Master Gardener Training will be held in Ogle County on Fridays beginning September 5 to November 21. This will be the first time that training will be offered in the fall instead of the spring! The trainings will be held from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Ogle County Extension office located at 421 W. Pines Rd. in Oregon. Interested peop...

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