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Overwintering Plants in the Garden

Well, it has happened again. Some plants will not get planted in their permanent homes in the landscape before winter has put an end to the gardening season. I will explain, step by step, how I overwinter these plants in the garden. (My success rate is pretty darn good.) But first, let me introduce you… Continue reading Overwintering Plants in the Garden

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10 Ways to Use an Hour in the Garden

What will you do during the extra hour granted to you the day before we turn our clocks back at 2 a.m. on November 5th? Here are 10 ways I could use that extra hour in my landscape: Cut back hostas in one of the shade gardens. Removing hosta foliage in the fall reduces winter… Continue reading 10 Ways to Use an Hour in the Garden

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Cutting Back Perennials in Fall

To cut back or not to cut back? That is a question gardeners ask when temperatures cool, leaves turn color, and days grow shorter. Most perennials don’t care if they are cut back in fall or left standing in the garden until spring. Gardeners, on the other hand, may have strong opinions on the subject.… Continue reading Cutting Back Perennials in Fall

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Water those Plants!

Thankfully, it looks like today may be the last day of unseasonably hot temperatures for us here in Chicagoland. Although fall officially began last Friday, the thermometer told a different story. And while heat we’ve had plenty, rainfall is another matter. The landscape is dry, dry, dry! If you haven’t already, get those hoses out… Continue reading Water those Plants!