Lilacs are a dear friend to many gardeners, providing them with reliable blooms and aroma each spring. Though many gardeners are content with just these characteristics others feel that the ideal lilac offers much more, including an over-abundance of blooms, breathtaking fragrance, substantial flower panicles and enduring color. Read more about The Beauty of Moscow Lilac
In Iowa, forsythias typically bloom in early to mid-April. The four-petaled flowers vary from light yellow to bright golden yellow and persist for 10 to 14 days. Flowers are produced in groups or clusters along the stems. Forsythias bloom only on old wood. Read more about Forsythias - Bright Yellow Harbingers of Spring
Geraniums have been a popular bedding plant for many years. Plants are commonly grown from cuttings. However, geraniums can also be grown from seeds. Seed-grown hybrid geraniums possess excellent vigor, heat tolerance, disease resistance and are free-blooming. Read more about Growing Geraniums from Seed
The removal of annual and herbaceous plant debris from the flowerbed is very important. Proper sanitation decreases the chance of disease and insect problems in the spring. Diseases and insects like to use debris as over wintering “hiding places” and they can then cause serious damage to plants in the following growing season. Read more about Putting Your Flower Garden to Bed
Creating a garden or landscape that will attract and maintain butterflies takes some special planning and effort. “Butterfly gardening” is flower gardening that gives special consideration to the needs and requirements of butterflies. Meeting their needs by providing continuous bloom of nectar-producing flowers throughout the summer increases your chances of being able to watch the adults fly from flower to flower in the privacy and comfort of your own back yard. Read more about Planning a Butterfly Garden
The frustration of insects devouring dried flowers and the annoyance of moths flying around the house can occur for the customer with a single arrangement, the hobbyist, or large grower or commercial operator. Insects may infest completed decorations and arrangements or the work materials in storage. Read more about What's Eating My Dried Flowers?
Do you spend several hours each week mowing your lawn? Do you ever wonder what you can do to reduce the amount of time you spend on the mower without giving up your large lot or acreage? If you answered “yes” to those questions, the answer may be go wild with wildflowers. Read more about Go Native or Go Wild!
Nearly everyone enjoys receiving flowers or plants to recognize or celebrate a special occasion. However, there are times when sending and receiving flowers are not convenient or practical due to poor weather, inappropriate location or timing. There is a flower that is an exception - the amaryllis. It is a live, flowering plant that can be boxed, gift wrapped, and enjoyed a few weeks or a month later and, possibly, kept alive and going for years after that. Read more about Amaryllis Are Fabulous, Foolproof and Fun
Tweedia is known for its distinctive turquoise blue star-shaped flowers and green/gray felted leaves. Prior to being identified as Tweedia caerulea, tweedia belonged to the genus Oxypetalum meaning sharp petal. Its five-petaled flowers bloom in loose clusters, which give way to boat-shaped seedpods. The seedpods are characteristic for the plant family in which it belongs, Asclepiadaceae. Read more about Tweedia: The Little Blue Star